cad·​mi·​um | \ ˈkad-mē-əm How to pronounce cadmium (audio) \

Definition of cadmium

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

Examples of cadmium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on the kind of technology used, a solar module typically requires materials such as glass, silicon, copper, silver, aluminium, cadmium, tellurium, indium, gallium and selenium. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz, 26 May 2021 The measure would require the FDA to set limits for baby cereal and other infant and toddler foods for cadmium, inorganic arsenic, lead and mercury. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2021 Two, there are no timelines for cadmium and mercury. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 This hazardous product contains direct toxicity, including lead, cadmium and mercury., 12 May 2021 Our cookware is coated with multiple layers of high-quality natural ceramic that is free of PTFE, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), lead, cadmium, nickel, and other toxic metals. Rachel King, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2021 The water is also contaminated with metals like cadmium and is considered toxic to marine life. Fox News, 3 Apr. 2021 Other common foods that have trace amounts of cadmium include potatoes, nuts and certain types of cereals. Angela Watson,, 22 Mar. 2021 All companies sell products tainted with dangerous amounts of lead, arsenic and cadmium. Meimei Fox, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cadmium

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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10 Jun 2021

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“Cadmium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cadmium

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


cad·​mi·​um | \ ˈkad-mē-əm How to pronounce cadmium (audio) \

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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