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A lavender-blue or greenish variety of asbestos that is a fibrous form of the amphibole mineral riebeckite. Also called blue asbestos.

[Greek krokus, krokis, krokud-, krokid-, nap on woolen cloth + -lite.]


(Minerals) a blue fibrous amphibole mineral consisting of sodium iron silicate: a variety of asbestos used in cement products and pressure piping
[C19: from Greek krokis nap on woollen cloth + -lite]


(kroʊˈsɪd lˌaɪt)

a bluish or greenish form of asbestos.
[1825–35; < Greek krokid-, s. of krokís nap, wool + -o- + -lite]
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Mortality of two groups of women who manufactured gas masks from chrysotile and crocidolite asbestos: a 40-year follow-up.
Importantly, the exposure effects studied were the consequence of pure crocidolite exposure.
Rodlike amphibolyte fibers, namely the crocidolite types, contribute to the pathogenesis of the majority of these tumors.
OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the importance of XRCC1 in protection against genotoxic effects of crocidolite and Libby amphibole asbestos.
Epidemiological evidence has increasingly shown an association of all forms of asbestos (chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite) with an increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
A naturally occurring silicate mineral, asbestos is classified in two forms: amphibole (which includes amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite) and serpentine (also known as chrysotile).
Amphibole minerals include five asbestos species: amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite.
Asbestos use peaked during a construction boom in the early 1960s and subsequently declined by > 90% following a ban on the sale and import of crocidolite and amosite asbestos in 1996, whereas mesothelioma diagnoses in men increased from a single case in 1972-1976 to 63 cases in 2002-2006 (corresponding to crude incidence rates of 0.
Amphiboles, such as crocidolite and amosite, were generally believed to be more potent than was chrysotile in inducing mesothelioma (Berman and Crump 2008; Hodgson and Darnton 2000).
Both chrysotile and crocidolite were used throughout the entire period of activity.
1998) were the first to estimate the quantitative exposure-response relationship between MM and environmental asbestos exposure among residents living near a crocidolite mine in Wittenoom, Australia.
2 in the omenta have been reported in Big Blue lacI transgenic rats injected with crocidolite (Unfried et al.