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Definition: Asbestos


Quick Summary of Asbestos

Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals including chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Asbestos was used in commercial and industrial industries for many years but is now strictly regulated because it has been associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory health conditions.

What is the dictionary definition of Asbestos?

Dictionary Definition

A highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and in fire-resistant and insulating materials.

A fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibres can cause asbestosis or lung cancer.

1. Any of several fibrous mineral forms of magnesium silicate, used for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings, and chemical filters.

Full Definition of Asbestos

Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre is composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’ that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes.

A mineral that is mined and is then crushed into fibrous material that has excellent heat and cold resistance. It was used extensively for heat insulation and protection. In industry generally, it is common in 3 forms namely blue asbestos (crocidolite), white asbestos (chrysotile) and brown asbestos (amosite). Asbestos is a dangerous material and can cause many different disabling lung diseases including a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure.

Trusts have been established by certain defendants in asbestos-related cases to provide compensation to injured claimants. The goal of these trusts is to process and pay valid claims as promptly as possible to injured parties. If you have an asbestos-related work condition which was caused by unsafe working conditions, talk to a personal injury or workers comp lawyer. Consider, all injury claims have a statute of limitations which may run from the date of the discovery of your injury. If you fail to file an injury claim within the specified timeframe you may be barred from recovery through a personal injury claim in the future.

Examples of Asbestos in a sentence

All types of asbestos are potentially carcinogenic when inhaled.
Asbestos insulation was once ubiquitous.

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Asbestos. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 29, 2022).
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Asbestos are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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