One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- fuller form of HFC
- ‘To exploit this opportunity, companies are setting up new manufacturing unit for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).’
- ‘The discovery highlights yet another set of economic, environmental and political problems - namely, what to do about hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).’
- ‘Environmentally safe alternatives, such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons, will serve as blowing agents instead.’
- ‘The appliance, automotive and building industries have switched from freons to hydrofluorocarbons for home refrigerators, car air conditioners and cooling systems in commercial buildings.’
- ‘These compounds are called hydrofluorocarbons and are not as destructive to the earth's protective layer.’
1940s: from hydro- + fluoro- + carbon.
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