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

Examples of hydrofluorocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firstly, like refrigerators, many air conditioners today use a class of coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are harmful greenhouse gases. Heather Chen, CNN, 9 June 2023 Solstice also has a minimal atmospheric lifetime (under two weeks compared to the 1.6 years with hydrofluorocarbons and and 80-100 years with traditional chlorofluorocarbons), so your strategic bedhead won’t haunt your descendants. Erica Smith, ELLE, 5 Apr. 2023 The hydrofluorocarbon provision in the new law was supported by an unusual coalition that included major environmental and business groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, American Chemistry Council and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 Further, analysts say a key component of the package — the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbon coolants used in refrigerators and air conditioners — could signal to the international community that the United States is ready to re-engage in the global fight against climate change. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 Increasingly, this is a rare event in environmental policy: exceptions include the recent hydrofluorocarbon legislation (which ratified the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol) and the Great American Outdoors Act. Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 4 July 2022 The rule also requires chemical plants to stop emitting all but trace amounts of the most potent hydrofluorocarbon, HFC-23, a greenhouse gas 14,600 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere, by October 2022. Phil McKenna and James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 4 Oct. 2021 Joseph Goffman, a top official with EPA's air and radiation office, said the experience of the European Union shows that enforcement is an important part of an hydrofluorocarbon crackdown. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 Desflurane is a hydrofluorocarbon gas that induces anesthesia by being inhaled by patient — once it is exhaled it is vented directly to the atmosphere. Matthew J. Meyer, STAT, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrofluorocarbon was in 1948

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“Hydrofluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrofluorocarbon. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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