hydrocarbon

[hahy-druh-kahr-buh n, hahy-druh-kahr-]
noun
  1. any of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, as an alkane, methane, CH4, an alkene, ethylene, C2H4, an alkyne, acetylene, C2H2, or an aromatic compound, benzene, C6H6.

Origin of hydrocarbon

First recorded in 1820–30; hydro-2 + carbon
Related formshy·dro·car·bo·na·ceous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrocarbon

hydrocarbon

noun
  1. any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
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Word Origin and History for hydrocarbon
n.

"compound of hydrogen and carbon," 1826, formed in English from hydrogen + carbon.

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hydrocarbon in Medicine

hydrocarbon

[hī′drə-kärbən]
n.
  1. An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
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hydrocarbon in Science

hydrocarbon

[hī′drə-kärbən]
  1. Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
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