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hydrocarbon

[ hahy-druh-kahr-buhn, hahy-druh-kahr- ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈkɑr bən, ˈhaɪ drəˌkɑr- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of hydrocarbon

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

hydrocarbon
/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈkɑːbən) /

noun

any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
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Medical definitions for hydrocarbon

hydrocarbon
[ hī′drə-kärbən ]

n.

An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
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Scientific definitions for hydrocarbon

hydrocarbon
[ hī′drə-kärbən ]

Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
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