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1) A soft, fibrous, mineral composed of Magnesium silicate. Asbestine, also called agaglite, is a type of Talc that is softer and less brittle than Asbestos. It is mined in northern New York and in southern Germany. Asbestine is used as an inert Filler in house paints, Blotting paper, rubber, and plastics.

2) A brand name for a talc powder sold by the C.K.Williams & Co.

3) An adjective meaning asbestos-like.

Synonyms and Related Terms

1: agaglite



Physical and Chemical Properties

Density 1) 2.75-2.85 g/ml

Resources and Citations

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