Meaning of crocidolite in English:


Pronunciation /krə(ʊ)ˈsɪdəlʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A fibrous blue or green mineral consisting of a silicate of iron and sodium.

    Also called "blue asbestos"

    ‘Most amphibole asbestos was mined as crocidolite and amosite from Precambrian banded ironstones in South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Western Australia.’
    • ‘Both amosite and crocidolite, which typically contains well over 20% iron by weight, are biochemically reactive in the lung because of the catalytic effects of ferrous iron present on the fibre surface.’
    • ‘Asbestos, a fibrous hydrous silicate mineral, exists in 6 forms for industrial use: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite.’
    • ‘The major types of silicates causing asbestos-related disease are chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite, with the latter being the most pathogenic.’
    • ‘Another asbestos mineral, crocidolite, is used for more specialized applications, when, for example, better acid resistance is desirable.’


Mid 19th century from Greek krokis, krokid- ‘nap of cloth’ + -lite.