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Molybdenum is a chemical element that has the symbol Mo and atomic number 42. The name is derived from the Neo-Latin molybdaenum, meaning lead, as its ores are confused with lead ores. Molybdenum does not occur naturally as a free metal on Earth. It is found only in various oxidation states in minerals. The element is a silvery metal with a grey cast and has the 6th more

Molybdenum is a chemical element that has the symbol Mo and atomic number 42. The name is derived from the Neo-Latin molybdaenum, meaning lead, as its ores are confused with lead ores. Molybdenum does not occur naturally as a free metal on Earth. It is found only in various oxidation states in minerals. The element is a silvery metal with a grey cast and has the 6th highest melting point of any element. It forms hard, stable carbides in alloys and for this reason most of the world production of the element is used in steel alloys as well as high-strength alloys and superalloys.

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