|—the internet domain name for|
|Democratic Republic of Congo|
|1.||(in Britain) command (paper)|
|—the chemical symbol for|
|2.||Civil Defence (Corps)|
|3.||Corps Diplomatique (Diplomatic Corps)|
|4.||Conference on Disarmament: a United Nations standing conference, held in Geneva, to negotiate a global ban on chemical weapons|
|5.||Also: C.D. (in the US and Canada) certificate of deposit|
The symbol for the element cadmium.
The symbol for cadmium.
|cadmium (kād'mē-əm) Pronunciation Key
A rare, soft, bluish-white metallic element that occurs mainly in zinc, copper, and lead ores. Cadmium is plated onto other metals and alloys to prevent corrosion, and it is used in rechargeable batteries and in nuclear control rods as a neutron absorber. Atomic number 48; atomic weight 112.41; melting point 320.9°C; boiling point 765°C; specific gravity 8.65; valence 2. See Periodic Table.
unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units (SI), defined as the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that same direction of 1683 watt per steradian (unit solid angle). The candela has replaced the standard candle or lamp as a unit of luminous intensity in calculations involving artificial lighting and is sometimes called the "new candle."
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