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Attributive Designating industrial processes devised by Ludwig Mond and the plant and products of these processes, especially: (a) a method of manufacturing producer gas by passing air and an excess of steam into a gas producer so that most of the nitrogen of the coal is converted into ammonia and can be recovered; (b) a process for obtaining high-purity nickel by thermal decomposition of volatile nickel carbonyl obtained from crude nickel oxide by reduction with hydrogen followed by reaction with carbon monoxide.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From the name of Ludwig Mond, German-born British chemist.
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