hy·​dro·​chlo·​ro·​fluo·​ro·​car·​bon ˌhī-drə-ˌklȯr-ō-ˌflȯr-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce hydrochlorofluorocarbon (audio)
: any of several simple gaseous compounds that contain carbon, chlorine, fluorine, and hydrogen

Examples of hydrochlorofluorocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in March, researchers with England’s University of East Anglia reported finding four new ozone-depleting compounds in the atmosphere — three chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) — amounting to about 81,000 tons. Jennifer Draper, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2014 The initiative to phase out ozone-damaging chemicals known as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including R22 refrigerant, began in 1987 with the Montreal Protocol. Jessica Levy, Indianapolis Star, 28 Aug. 2019 Some countries in the developing world haven’t yet phased out ozone-damaging chemicals like R-22, a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) found in many refrigeration and air conditioning systems. National Geographic, 25 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrochlorofluorocarbon was in 1977

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“Hydrochlorofluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrochlorofluorocarbon. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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