Definition of hydrofluorocarbon in English:


(also HFC)


  • Any of a class of partly chlorinated and fluorinated hydrocarbons, used as an alternative to CFCs in foam production, refrigeration, and other processes.

    • ‘To exploit this opportunity, companies are setting up new manufacturing unit for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).’
    • ‘Environmentally safe alternatives, such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons, will serve as blowing agents instead.’
    • ‘These compounds are called hydrofluorocarbons and are not as destructive to the earth's protective layer.’
    • ‘The discovery highlights yet another set of economic, environmental and political problems - namely, what to do about hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).’
    • ‘The appliance, automotive and building industries have switched from freons to hydrofluorocarbons for home refrigerators, car air conditioners and cooling systems in commercial buildings.’