[ hahy-druh-floor-oh-kahr-buhn, ‐flawr‐, ‐flohr‐ ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈflʊər oʊˌkɑr bən, ‐ˈflɔr‐, ‐ˈfloʊr‐ /

noun Chemistry

an organic compound composed of hydrogen, fluorine, and hydrogen, used most commonly in refrigeration and air conditioning: An international accord to phase out hydrofluorocarbons was reached at the October summit on climate change. Abbreviation: HFC

Nearby words

  1. hydroelectric,
  2. hydroelectricity,
  3. hydroencephalocele,
  4. hydrofluoric,
  5. hydrofluoric acid,
  6. hydrofoil,
  7. hydroforming,
  8. hydroformylation,
  9. hydrofracking,
  10. hydrofracturing

Origin of hydrofluorocarbon

First recorded in 1945–50; hydro-2 + fluorocarbon

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