molybdenum[mə lib′də nəm]
Origin of molybdenumModL: so named (1781) by K. W. Scheele (see scheelite) after its isolation by P. J. Hjelm (1746-1813), Swedish chemist ; from molybdaena, molybdenite, term used because of resemblance to lead ore ; from Classical Latin molybdaena, lead, galena ; from Classical Greek molybdaina, piece of lead ; from molybdos, lead
Origin of molybdenumNew Latin, from earlier molybdena, lead ore, from Latin molybdaena, galena, from Greek molubdaina, from molubdos, lead, probably from Lydian mariwda, dark.
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Mo) with an atomic number of 42.
From New Latin molybdenum, from Ancient Greek μόλυβδος (molubdos, “lead”), because the two elements are so similar they were often confused.