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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The continent’s strict regulations on collection and recycling of lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries could serve as a blueprint, even if the technology needed to recover the materials inside lithium-ion batteries is likely to be different. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "Europe’s battery leadership can help clean up the global metals supply chain," 7 Aug. 2019 Preliminary post-mortem exams showed damaged bone marrow and unexplained high levels of cadmium, antimony, chromium and other metals in her blood. Washington Post, "Never mind the tax fraud and ‘bunga bunga’ scandals. These Italians won’t give up on Berlusconi.," 28 June 2019 Many inorganic reds, including those based on cadmium, lead and mercury, are semiconductors. The Economist, "A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment," 11 July 2019 Their products are made to be durable, comfortable to use, weather-resistant, and free of toxins like lead, cadmium, and phtalates. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yes, Stylish Garden Hoses Exist, and You Definitely Deserve One," 9 July 2019 Inside were nickel-cadmium batteries and ten-metre antennae—components of a clandestine weather station. The Economist, "How to predict the weather," 6 July 2019 Years in the future this would create a toxic environment for many animals, exceeding chronic exposure standards for cadmium, copper, zinc, and selenium, the EIS notes. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 People who used e-cigarettes had roughly 19 percent more lead, 23 percent more of the heavy metal cadmium, 20 percent more pyrene (a biomarker of carcinogens that are linked to heart attacks), and 66 percent more acrylonitrile in their urine. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Our results: None of the test mugs leached lead, cadmium, or arsenic. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GHRI Investigates Microwave-Safe Mugs," 28 Sep. 2011

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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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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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