Medical Definition of Cadmium

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Cadmium: A metallic element whose salts are toxic and cause cancer.

Cadmium and cadmium compounds were upgraded in 2000 by the US government to the status of "known human carcinogens." These materials are used in batteries, coating and plating, plastic and synthetic products and alloys, and have been found to carry an increased risk of lung cancers in workers exposed to cadmium and cadmium compounds.

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018

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