chlorofluorocarbon definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different halocarbon substances consisting of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, when utilized commonly as aerosol propellants and refrigerants. Chlorofluorocarbons tend to be thought to cause exhaustion of atmospheric ozone layer.
    • any one of a course of organic compounds where 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are replaced with those of chlorine and fluorine; formerly used as refrigerants and aerosol can propellants but withdrawn due to causing injury to the ozone level.
    • a fluorocarbon with chlorine; previously made use of as a refrigerant and also as a propellant in aerosol cans

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