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PREFERRED TERM
asbestos  
BROADER CONCEPT
SCOPE NOTE
  • A commercial term for any of several fibrous magnesium silicate minerals readily separable into thin, strong fiber that is flexible, noncombustible, heat resistant, and chemically inert; used in a wide variety of industrial products. It was used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese as a fireproof material. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, asbestos was used for fireproofing and insulating houses: small asbestos fibers were mixed with binders and compressed into boards, paper, pipe covering, ironing board covers, shingles, tiles, and sprayed onto ceilings. Long asbestos fibers were woven into fabrics for used in brake linings, heat-resistant shields, gloves, and fireproof garments and blankets. Health concerns have limited the use of asbestos since the early 1960s. In the U.S., it was declared a hazardous material in 1986. (AAT)
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
asbest

Dutch

amiante

French

Asbest

German

αμίαντος

Greek

אזבסט

Hebrew

amianto

Italian

amianto

Portuguese

azbest

Serbian

amianto

Spanish

asbestos
asbest

Swedish

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