Definition of hydrofluorocarbon in English:

hydrofluorocarbon

noun

Chemistry
  • fuller form of HFC
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These compounds are called hydrofluorocarbons and are not as destructive to the earth's protective layer.’
    • ‘To exploit this opportunity, companies are setting up new manufacturing unit for 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.’

Origin

1940s: from hydro- + fluoro- + carbon.

Pronunciation

hydrofluorocarbon

/ˌhīdrōˈflôrəˌkärbən/