A magnesium-containing mineral associated with ultrabasic rocks such as serpentine, occurring in aggregates of white fibrous or needle-like crystals.
Artinite is a hydrous carbonate of magnesium, Mg₂CO₃(OH)₂·3H₂O. Crystal system: monoclinic.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From Italian artinite from the name of Ettore Artini, Italian mineralogist + Italian -ite.