- A silvery-white ductile and malleable metal with a bluish tinge, whose atomic number is 48. It has over 30 known isotopes, of which several are stable. It has many applications in electronics, including its use in electroplating, fire-protection systems, phosphors, rectifiers, and in batteries, such as those consisting of nickel cadmium cells. Its chemical symbol is Cd.
- chemical symbolCd
- noun a toxic compound which may contaminate soil and which leads to severe poisoning and organ failure