[ klawr-oh-floor-oh-kahr-buhn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floor-oh-kahr-buhn, -flohr- ]

  1. any of several volatile, inert, saturated compounds of carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen: used as refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, solvents, and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.

Origin of chlorofluorocarbon

First recorded in 1945–50; chloro-2 + fluorocarbon

Words Nearby chlorofluorocarbon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for chlorofluorocarbon


/ (ˌklɔːrəˌflʊərəʊˈkɑːbən) /

  1. chem any of various gaseous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants, solvents, and in foam: some cause a breakdown of ozone in the earth's atmosphere: Abbreviation: CFC

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Scientific definitions for chlorofluorocarbon


[ klôr′ō-flur′ō-kärbən ]

  1. A fluorocarbon containing chlorine. Chlorofluorocarbons are destructive to the Earth's ozone layer. For this reason, the production and use of chlorofluorocarbons has been sharply reduced in recent years.

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