Definition of cadmium in English:


Syllabification: cad·mi·um
Pronunciation: /ˈkadmēəm


  • The chemical element of atomic number 48, a silvery-white metal. (Symbol: Cd)

    Cadmium occurs naturally in zinc ores and is obtained as a byproduct of zinc smelting. It is used as a component in low melting point alloys and as a corrosion-resistant coating on other metals

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early 19th century: from Latin cadmia 'calamine', so named because it is found with calamine in zinc ore. Compare with calamine.

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