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 Î¼ÏŒÎ»Ï…Î²Î´Î¿Ï‚ (molubdos, â€œleadâ€), because the two elements are so similar they were often confused.