chlorofluorocarbon

chlorofluorocarbon

[klawr-oh-floor-oh-kahr-buhn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floor-oh-kahr-buhn, -flohr-]
noun
any of several volatile, inert, saturated compounds of carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen: used as refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, solvents, and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.


Origin:
1945–50; chloro-2 + fluorocarbon

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chlorofluorocarbon (ˌklɔːrəˌflʊərəʊˈkɑːbən)
 
n
chem CFC any of various gaseous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants, solvents, and in foam: some cause a breakdown of ozone in the earth's atmosphere

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chlorofluorocarbon   (klôr'ō-flr'ō-kär'bən)  Pronunciation Key 
A fluorocarbon containing chlorine. Chlorofluorocarbons are destructive to the Earth's ozone layer. For this reason, the production and use of chlorofluorocarbons has been sharply reduced in recent years.
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