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Definition of Asbestos

Asbestos: A natural material made up of tiny fibers that is used as thermal insulation. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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