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Asbestos, name for various fibrous minerals, such as chrysotile, used as noncombustible material. Canada and the USSR are the chief producers. It can be spun to make fireproof fabrics or molded to make tiles, bricks, and automobile brake linings. If inhaled, asbestos particles cause lung cancer and asbestosis, a serious lung disease.

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