[ klawr-oh-floor-oh-meth-eyn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floor-oh-meth-eyn, -flohr- ]

  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

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