Definition of CFC in English:

CFC

noun

  • Any of a class of compounds of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, typically gases used in refrigerants and aerosol propellants. They are harmful to the ozone layer in the earth's atmosphere owing to the release of chlorine atoms on exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

    • ‘CFCs are very stable in the troposphere.’
    • ‘Man–made CFCs are the main cause of ozone depletion in the stratosphere.’
    • ‘The manufacture and use of CFCs in industry has been severely curtailed following the Montrol Protocol and subsequent amendments.’

Origin

1970s: short for chlorofluorocarbon.

Pronunciation

CFC

/siːɛfˈsiː/