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

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike many nonstick pans, this one is free of materials that may pose long-term health risks, including PFAS, PFOA, lead and cadmium. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "The best nonstick pans of 2020," 23 June 2020 The chemicals in question: boron, selenium, cadmium and mercury. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "IPL's Petersburg plant is the worst water polluter in state, violates permit 120 times," 8 June 2020 In experiments, the tool accurately reflected the amounts of copper, nickel, lead and cadmium added to a variety of water samples, the researchers reported in March in Environmental Science and Technology. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Low-Tech Water Wand Finds Contaminated Drinking Water," 26 May 2020 The study conducted by the Healthy Babies Bright Futures organization tested 168 baby foods from 61 brands and nearly all of them contained some amount of lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "6 ways parents can reduce heavy metals in the food they give their babies," 18 Oct. 2019 Scientists showed that cadmium sulfate also appeared in artificially aged paints that were exposed to 95 percent humidity in light and darkness -- but similar samples exposed to light in 45 percent humidity did not show signs of decay. Fox News, "Why is Edvard Munch’s 'The Scream' deteriorating? Scientists discover the culprit," 18 May 2020 The Times Record reports that an investigation of the pond system had found several heavy metals including lead, arsenic and cadmium that could potentially reach nearby clam flats. USA TODAY, "Surfboard proposal, Duke dorm opossum, Sky Bar’s back: News from around our 50 states," 15 Nov. 2019 Researchers have now pinpointed a silty filtration material as the culprit behind traces of inorganic arsenic, cadmium and lead in beer and wine. Rachel Berkowitz, Scientific American, "Beer and Wine Contain Traces of Metal Contaminants from Filtration Process," 11 May 2019 Officials came in 2000 and found soil cadmium levels 30 times the national limit. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Cadmium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cadmium

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


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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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