molybdenum

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noun mo·lyb·de·num \-nəm\

Definition of molybdenum

  1. :  a metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in many properties, is used especially in strengthening and hardening steel, and is a trace element in plant and animal metabolism — see element table

Origin and Etymology of molybdenum

New Latin, from molybdena, a lead ore, molybdenite, molybdenum, from Latin molybdaena galena, from Greek molybdaina, from molybdos lead


First Known Use: 1814


MOLYBDENUM Defined for Kids

molybdenum

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noun mo·lyb·de·num \mə-ˈlib-də-nəm\

Definition of molybdenum for Students

  1. :  a white metallic chemical element used in some steel to give greater strength and hardness


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molybdenum

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noun mo·lyb·de·num \-də-nəm\

Medical Definition of molybdenum

  1. :  a metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in many properties, is used especially in strengthening and hardening steel, and is a trace element in plant and animal metabolism—symbol Mo; see element table


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