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cadmium

noun cad·mi·um \ˈkad-mē-əm\

: a bluish-white metal that is used especially in protective coatings and in batteries

Full Definition of CADMIUM

:  a bluish-white malleable ductile toxic divalent metallic element used especially in batteries, pigments, and protective platings — see element table

Origin of CADMIUM

New Latin, from Latin cadmia zinc oxide, from Greek kadmeia, literally, Theban (earth), from feminine of kadmeios Theban, from Kadmos; from the occurrence of its ores together with zinc oxide
First Known Use: 1822

cadmium

noun cad·mi·um \ˈkad-mē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CADMIUM

:  a bluish white malleable ductile toxic bivalent metallic element used especially in protective platings and in bearing metals—symbol Cd; see element table

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