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Definition of Nickel

Nickel: A silver-white metallic element. Long-term exposure to nickel, such as from jewelry, can cause a form of contact dermatitis called nickel dermatitis. Exposure to nickel fumes can cause nasal cancer and lung cancer.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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