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asbestosas‧bes‧tos /æsˈbestəs/ noun [uncountable]  TIHEGa grey mineral that does not burn easily, that was used in the past as a building material or in protective clothing
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asbestosRaybestos ruled out the possible compromise of a temporary permission to dump asbestos at the site.However, a $ 500 inspection revealed the building needed extensive asbestos abatement and repairs.Indeed, asbestos is a prime example of how marginal exposure to carcinogens does not cause disease.They issued asbestos gloves, but we never carried them.Ruby's solicitor has dealt with a number of asbestos cases connected with the Swindon Works.The rainwater goods, a mixture of plastic, asbestos and cast iron were fit for the scrap heap.The latest find is of white asbestos, less dangerous than the blue variety, provided it is not disturbed.
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