Characteristic of asbestos in which it can
crumble easily or become powdery when
manipulated by hand, releasing particles into
the air.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
friable (adjective)
easily crumbled or pulverized - friable soil fragile
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
friable (adjective)
having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure
brickle, brittle, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky ( flakey), friable, short
crackly, crisped, crispened, crunchy, crusty; breakable, delicate, fragile
elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant, resilient; strong, sturdy, tough
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