fluo·​ro·​car·​bon ˌflu̇r-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce fluorocarbon (audio) ˌflȯr- How to pronounce fluorocarbon (audio)
: any of various chemically inert compounds containing carbon and fluorine used chiefly as lubricants, refrigerants, nonstick coatings, and formerly aerosol propellants and in making resins and plastics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This fabric is also coated in a fluorocarbon-free DWR, or durable water repellent, which protects your skin from the elements as your rip through the mountains. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 All bags in the line are made with ripstop fabric with a fluorocarbon-free DWR coating. Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2021 The fluorocarbon rubber band is very flexible and comfortable to wear, even when sweating. Brad Moon, Forbes, 17 May 2022 After it was discovered that fluorocarbon wax is toxic, the sport has been trying to move away from it. Martha Bellisle, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2022 The expensive fluorocarbon waxes became critical to a racer’s success. Martha Bellisle, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2022 Use a 7- or 8-weight rod, matching floating line with an 8-foot leader including a 2-foot bite tippet of 20-pound fluorocarbon or monofilament. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 21 Nov. 2021 Powroznik said his most successful lure was a V&M Drop Shad rigged on a 3/16- or 1/4-ounce jighead, fished on 10-pound-test braid linked to an 8-pound-test fluorocarbon leader. Frank Sargeant, al, 13 Oct. 2021 Most anglers fish the rigs on light spinning gear, typically 8 to 12 pound braid with a length of 8 to 10 pound test clear fluorocarbon leader running to the bait. Frank Sargeant, al, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fluorocarbon was in 1937

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“Fluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorocarbon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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: any of various compounds of carbon and fluorine used chiefly as lubricants, refrigerants, and nonstick coatings and in making plastics and formerly as the driving force in aerosol cans

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