Cadmium is a metallic element with the symbol Cd and the atomic number 48. It is a relatively rare, soft, bluish-white, transition metal. Cadmium is known to cause cancer and occurs with zinc ores. Cadmium is used largely in Nickel–cadmium, (NICad) batteries and also in pigments. It is also used in coatings and pigments and as a stabilizer in plastic products. Consumption is substantially reduced due to the hazardous nature.