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[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, CH 4 , an alkene, ethylene, C 2 H 4 , an alkyne, acetylene, C 2 H 2 , or an aromatic compound, benzene, C 6 H 6 .
Origin of hydrocarbon
1820-30; hydro-2 + carbon
Related forms
hydrocarbonaceous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydrocarbon
  • The process breaks the manure's long hydrocarbon chains down into shorter ones.
  • He uses his country's vast hydrocarbon reserves to bully the neighbours.
  • Saturated fatty acids have rigid hydrocarbon tails while unsaturated fatty acids have bent hydrocarbon tails.
  • These can be re-formed into hydrocarbon molecules that can be used in place of gasoline or diesel.
  • Instead of polluting hydrocarbon emissions, fuel cell vehicles emit only water vapor from the tailpipe.
  • With hydrogen, synthetic hydrocarbon fuels may be produced cheaper than fossil fuel.
  • First, one type of microbe breaks the long hydrocarbon molecules found in coal into shorter molecules.
  • It being a hydrocarbon it is probably also an effective greenhouse gas.
  • They ignore the danger from climate change and they ignore the higher value of hydrocarbon as chemical feed stocks.
  • Ants that are capable of reproducing naturally emit hydrocarbon-based odors, and the eggs they produce smell the same way.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrocarbon


any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
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Word Origin and History for hydrocarbon

"compound of hydrogen and carbon," 1826, formed in English from hydrogen + carbon.

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hydrocarbon in Medicine

hydrocarbon hy·dro·car·bon (hī'drə-kär'bən)
An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.

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hydrocarbon in Science
Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
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