molybdena

noun mo·lyb·de·na \məˈlibdənə\

Definition of molybdena

plural

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  1. 1 obsolete a :  molybdenite b :  molybdenum

  2. 2 :  an oxide of molybdenum of uncertain structure that is used in catalysis frequently supported on alumina

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Origin and Etymology of molybdena

New Latin, from Latin molybdaena galena, from Greek molybdaina, from molybdos lead


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