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chlorofluoromethane

[klawr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flohr-]
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noun
  1. any of a series of gaseous or volatile methanes substituted with chlorine and fluorine and containing little or no hydrogen: used as refrigerants and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.

Origin of chlorofluoromethane

First recorded in 1960–65; chloro-2 + fluoro- + methane
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