Definition of hydrocarbon in English:

hydrocarbon

noun

Chemistry
  • A compound of hydrogen and carbon, such as any of those that are the chief components of petroleum and natural gas.

    • ‘This catalyst is responsible for converting carbon monoxide and the other hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Biodiesel reduces emissions such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter.’
    • ‘Derived chiefly from petroleum and coal tar, aromatic hydrocarbons tend to be reactive.’
    • ‘The squad checks the autorickshaw for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions.’
    • ‘Nitrogen oxides can react with hydrocarbons to yield nitric acid, a primary ingredient in acid rain.’

Pronunciation:

hydrocarbon

/ˌhīdrəˈkärbən/