cadmium

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noun cad·mi·um \ˈkad-mē-əm\

Definition of cadmium

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

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: 1822


CADMIUM Defined for English Language Learners

cadmium

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noun cad·mi·um \ˈkad-mē-əm\

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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cadmium

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noun cad·mi·um \ˈkad-mē-əm\

Medical Definition of cadmium

  1. :  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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