Definition of cadmium
: a toxic bluish-white malleable ductile divalent metallic element used especially in batteries, pigments, and protective platings — see element table
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They were rendered thoughtfully in tonal colors such as ochre, sienna, dull green, chestnut and cadmium yellow.
The union also tested the uniforms and found detectable levels of formaldehyde, cadmium, chromium and other chemicals commonly used in pesticides and detergents.
These batteries combine huge energy density with light weight and have almost completely replaced nickel-cadmium batteries.
The flight attendant union’s test results show detectable levels of formaldehyde, cadmium, chromium and other chemicals commonly used in pesticides and detergents.
In the 1990s, lithium-ion came on the scene and started displacing cadmium.
Zeng Xiangbin, a lawyer in the central city of Wuhan, represented residents of a village in the southwestern province of Yunnan that had been contaminated with cadmium.
The government of Guangdong province, adjacent to Hong Kong, said in 2013 that 44 percent of the rice sampled locally was laced with excessive cadmium, which can damage organs and weaken bones if consumed regularly in high quantities.
Government studies in 2014 found that some vegetable plots were dosed with high levels of heavy metals such as cadmium, just one of a series of poison scares that has made the public wary of domestically produced food.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1818See Words from the same year
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Definition of cadmium for English Language Learners
: a bluish-white metal that is used especially in protective coatings and in batteries
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