[klawr-oh-floo r-oh-kahr-buh n, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floo r-oh-kahr-buh n, -flohr-] /ˌklɔr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈkɑr bən, -ˌflɔr-; ˌkloʊr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈkɑr bən, -ˌfloʊr-/
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.
(chem) any of various gaseous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants, solvents, and in foam: some cause a breakdown of ozone in the earth’s atmosphere CFC
by 1946, from chloro- + fluorocarbon, from fluor + connective -o- + carbon.
A fluorocarbon containing chlorine. Chlorofluorocarbons are destructive to the Earth’s ozone layer. For this reason, the production and use of chlorofluorocarbons has been sharply reduced in recent years.
[klawr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flawr-; klohr-oh-floo r-oh-meth-eyn, -flohr-] /ˌklɔr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌflɔr-; ˌkloʊr oʊˌflʊər oʊˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌfloʊr-/ noun 1. any of a series of gaseous or volatile substituted with chlorine and fluorine and containing little or no hydrogen: used as refrigerants and, formerly, as aerosol propellants until scientists became concerned about depletion of the atmospheric ozone […]
[klawr-uh-fawrm, klohr-] /ˈklɔr əˌfɔrm, ˈkloʊr-/ noun 1. Also called trichloromethane. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, volatile, nonflammable, slightly water-soluble, pungent, sweet-tasting liquid, CHCl 3 , usually derived from acetone, acetaldehyde, or ethyl alcohol by the reaction of chloride of lime: used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic. verb (used with object) […]
chloroformism chlo·ro·form·ism (klôr’ə-fôr’mĭz’əm) n.
[klawr-uh-fawr-muh l, klohr-] /ˈklɔr əˌfɔr məl, ˈkloʊr-/ noun 1. .