hydrocarbon hy·dro·car·bon (hī'drə-kär'bən)
An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
|hydrocarbon (hī'drə-kär'bən) Pronunciation Key
Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
Note: Many hydrocarbons are used as fuels. Some examples of hydrocarbon fuels are the components of gasoline; methane, which is the main ingredient of natural gas; and some components of wood.