[ floor-oh-kahr-buhn, flawr-, flohr- ]
/ ˈflʊər oʊˌkɑr bən, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr- /
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any of a class of compounds produced by substituting fluorine for hydrogen in a hydrocarbon, and characterized by great chemical stability: used chiefly as a lubricant, refrigerant, fire extinguishing agent, and in industrial and other applications in which chemical, electrical, flame, and heat resistance is essential; banned as an aerosol propellant in the U.S. because of concern about ozone layer depletion.
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British Dictionary definitions for fluorocarbon
/ (ˌflʊərəʊˈkɑːbən) /
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Scientific definitions for fluorocarbon
[ flur′ō-kär′bən ]
An inert, liquid or gaseous organic compound similar to a hydrocarbon but having fluorine atoms in the place of hydrogen atoms. Fluorocarbons are used in aerosol propellants and refrigerants.
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