molybdate

noun

mo·​lyb·​date mə-ˈlib-ˌdāt How to pronounce molybdate (audio)
: a salt of molybdenum containing the group MoO4 or Mo2O7

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But if oceans covered the Earth during its early history, borate and molybdate would have been too diluted to help make RNA. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2014 Luckily, Benner’s team made a breakthrough in 2013, discovering that a catalyst called molybdate — a form of molybdenum that includes oxygen — can reconfigure the other sugar’s atoms to convert it into ribose. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of molybdate was in 1788

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“Molybdate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/molybdate. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

molybdate

noun
mo·​lyb·​date mə-ˈlib-ˌdāt How to pronounce molybdate (audio)
: a salt of molybdenum containing the group MoO4 or Mo2O7
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