[ hahy-druh-kahr-buh n, hahy-druh-kahr- ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈkɑr bən, ˈhaɪ drəˌkɑr- /
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.
, hydrobromic acid
, hydrocele spinalis
Related formshy·dro·car·bo·na·ceous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hydrocarbons
The liquid portion contains phenols, bases, and a great number of hydrocarbons.
This shows that we have to deal not merely with hydrocarbons of one, but of several series.
The light-giving power of coal gas is undoubtedly entirely due to the hydrocarbons.
Here goes: marsh gas, or methane as it is sometimes called, is the first of the group of hydrocarbons known as paraffins.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrocarbons
any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
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Medicine definitions for hydrocarbons
An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
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Science definitions for hydrocarbons
Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
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Culture definitions for hydrocarbons
Many hydrocarbons are used as fuels. Some examples of hydrocarbon fuels are the components of gasoline; methane, which is the main ingredient of natural gas; and some components of wood.
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