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cadmium

Syllabification: cad·mi·um
Pronunciation: /ˈkadmēəm
 
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Definition of cadmium in English:

noun

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

Example sentences
  • These elements include mercury, bromine, cadmium, indium, thallium, lead, and bismuth.
  • New processing methods are outlined from which potassium, sodium, barium, strontium and cadmium were discovered.
  • And with toxic metals like cadmium, mercury and lead, it's the same story.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with cadmium

thulium

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