Meaning of chlorofluorocarbon

chlo•ro•fluor•o•car•bon

Pronunciation: (klôr"ō-floor"ō-kär'bun, -flôr"- klōr"ō-floor"ō-kär'bun, -flōr"-), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several volatile, inert, saturated compounds of carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen: used as refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, solvents, and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer. Cf.
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