Meaning of hydrocarbon

hy•dro•car•bon

Pronunciation: (hī"dru-kär'bun, hī'dru-kär"-), [key]
— n.
  1. any of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, as an alkane, methane, CH, an alkene, ethylene, CH, an alkyne, acetylene, CH, or an aromatic compound, benzene, CH.
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