chlorofluoromethane

chlorofluoromethane

[klawr-oh-floor-oh-meth-eyn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floor-oh-meth-eyn, -flohr-]
noun
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:
1960–65; chloro-2 + fluoro- + methane

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