Meaning of asbestos

as•bes•tos

Pronunciation: (as-bes'tus, az-), [key]
— n.
  1. a fibrous mineral, either amphibole or chrysotile, formerly used for making incombustible or fireproof articles.
  2. a fabric woven from asbestos fibers, formerly used for theater curtains, firefighters' gloves, etc.
  3. a fireproof curtain.
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