hydrocarbon

noun hy·dro·car·bon \ ˈhī-drō-ˌkär-bən \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of hydrocarbon

: an organic compound (such as acetylene or butane) containing only carbon and hydrogen and often occurring in petroleum, natural gas, coal, and bitumens

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First Known Use of hydrocarbon

1826

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HYDROCARBON Defined for English Language Learners

hydrocarbon

Definition of hydrocarbon for English Language Learners

  • : a substance (such as coal or natural gas) that contains only carbon and hydrogen


HYDROCARBON Defined for Kids

hydrocarbon

noun hy·dro·car·bon \ ˌhī-drə-ˈkär-bən \

Definition of hydrocarbon for Students

: a substance containing only carbon and hydrogen

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hydrocarbon

noun hy·dro·car·bon \ -ˈkär-bən \

medical Definition of hydrocarbon

: an organic compound (as acetylene, benzene, or butane) containing only carbon and hydrogen and often occurring in petroleum, natural gas, coal, and bitumens

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