halocarbon

noun
hal·​o·​car·​bon | \ ˈha-lə-ˌkär-bən How to pronounce halocarbon (audio) \

Definition of halocarbon

: any of various compounds of carbon and one or more halogens

Examples of halocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Organisms in all kingdoms can make halocarbons, though in minute quantities and typically for highly specialized purposes such as self-defense or signaling mates. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 Species far older than us, microbes mostly, have evolved over millennia to coexist with, and even to synthesize and break down, specific types of biogenic halocarbons. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Halocarbon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halocarbon. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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