from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various halocarbon compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, once used widely as aerosol propellants and refrigerants. Chlorofluorocarbons are believed to cause depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.
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- n. Any of a class of organic compounds in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon are replaced with those of chlorine and fluorine; formerly used as refrigerants and aerosol can propellants but withdrawn due to causing damage to the ozone layer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fluorocarbon with chlorine; formerly used as a refrigerant and as a propellant in aerosol cans
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