hydrocarbon

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noun hy·dro·car·bon \ˈhī-drō-ˌkär-bən\

Definition of hydrocarbon

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

1826

First Known Use of hydrocarbon

1826


HYDROCARBON Defined for English Language Learners

hydrocarbon

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noun hy·dro·car·bon \ˈhī-drō-ˌkär-bən\

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

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

Definition of hydrocarbon for Students

  1. :  a substance containing only carbon and hydrogen


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hydrocarbon

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noun hy·dro·car·bon \-ˈkär-bən\

Medical Definition of hydrocarbon

  1. :  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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