halon

noun
ha·lon | \ˈhā-ˌlän \

Definition of halon 

: a halocarbon that contains especially bromine

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Modern airlines come equipped with fire-halon fire suppression systems. Barbara Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Warns Airlines: Battery Shipments Can Burn Hot Enough to Destroy a Plane," 20 July 2015 In 2015, 22 Marines were hospitalized when the system accidentally went off, filling the cabin with halon and causing respiratory injuries. Thomas Gibbons-neff, Washington Post, "U.S. official: Exposed gas line appears to have caused fire that engulfed Marine armored vehicle," 15 Sep. 2017 That would come in the form of manmade chemicals like CFCs, HCFS, freon, and halons, most of which have been dramatically reduced thanks to international agreement. National Geographic, "Rare Shimmering Rainbow Clouds Appear Over the U.K.," 3 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of halon

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halon

International Scientific Vocabulary hal- + -on entry 3

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The first known use of halon was circa 1951

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