Definitions

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  • noun Any of several halocarbons used as fire-extinguishing agents.

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  • noun organic chemistry A hydrocarbon in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by halogens

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  • noun a compound in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon have been replaced by bromine and other halogen atoms; very stable; used in fire extinguishers although it is thought to release bromine that depletes the ozone layer

Etymologies

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Blend of halogen and carbon

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  • word-plays: A, AL, LO, ON, HA, HALO

    September 26, 2008