Asbestos. Definition

Medical Definition: Asbestos

Group of minerals that take the form of tiny fibers. Asbestos has been used for heat insulation and fire in buildings. Loose fibers of asbestos to the lungs by breathing can cause several serious diseases, including lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma (cancer found in the lining of the lungs, the chest or abdomen). When swallowed asbestos can cause cancer of the digestive system.

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