cadmium

noun cad·mi·um \ ˈkad-mē-əm \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of cadmium

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

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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


CADMIUM Defined for English Language Learners

cadmium

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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


Medical Dictionary

cadmium

noun cad·mi·um \ ˈkad-mē-əm \

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 Chemical Elements Table


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