Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a soft bluish-white ductile malleable toxic bivalent metallic element; occurs in association with zinc ores

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Synonyms of Cadmium

atomic number 48, cd

Alternate forms of Cadmium

Hypernyms: metal, metallic element

Origin of the word Cadmium

  1. bluish-white metal, discovered 1817 by Ger. scientist Friedrich Strohmeyer, 1822, Mod.L., from cadmia, a word used by ancient naturalists for various earths and oxides, from Gk. kadmeia (ge) "Cadmean (earth)," from Kadmos "Cadmus," legendary founder of Boeotian Thebes. So called because first found in the vicinity of Thebes (Kadmeioi was an alternati… more

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