Molybdenum meaning

mə-lĭbdə-nəm
A hard, silvery-white metallic element used to toughen steels and in corrosion-resistant nickel alloys. An essential trace element in plant nutrition, it is used in fertilizers, dyes, enamels, and reagents. Atomic number 42; atomic weight 95.96; melting point 2,623°C; boiling point 4,639°C; specific gravity 10.22 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
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A very hard, lustrous, silver-white metallic chemical element, used in alloys, points for spark plugs, etc.: symbol, Mo; at. no. 42
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A hard, silvery-white metallic element that resists corrosion and retains its strength at high temperatures. It is used to harden and toughen steel and to make high-temperature wiring. Molybdenum is an essential trace element in plant metabolism. Atomic number 42; atomic weight 95.96; melting point 2,623°C; boiling point 4,639°C; specific gravity 10.22 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
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A metallic chemical element (symbol Mo) with an atomic number of 42.
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Origin of molybdenum

  • New Latin from earlier molybdena lead ore from Latin molybdaena galena from Greek molubdaina from molubdos lead probably from Lydian mariwda dark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin molybdenum, from Ancient Greek μόλυβδος (molubdos, “lead"), because the two elements are so similar they were often confused.

    From Wiktionary