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chlorofluoromethane

[klawr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flohr-] /ˌklɔr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌflɔr-; ˌkloʊr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌfloʊr-/
noun
1.
any of a series of gaseous or volatile methanes substituted with chlorine and fluorine and containing little or no hydrogen: used as refrigerants and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; chloro-2 + fluoro- + methane
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