- a brand name for any of a class of liquid or gaseous fluorocarbon or chlorofluorocarbon products, used chiefly as refrigerants.
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- trademark any of a group of chemically unreactive chlorofluorocarbons used as aerosol propellants, refrigerants, and solvents
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refrigerant chemical, 1932, proprietary name in U.S. for fluorocarbons used in refrigeration technology. "The name was apparently constructed from fre(eze) + -on used as an arbitrary suffix" [Flood].
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