hydrochlorofluorocarbon

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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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Cite this Entry

“Hydrochlorofluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrochlorofluorocarbon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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