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[hahy-druh-kahr-buh n, hahy-druh-kahr-] /ˌhaɪ drəˈkɑr bən, ˈhaɪ drəˌkɑr-/

any of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and , as an alkane, methane, CH 4 , an alkene, ethylene, C 2 H 4 , an alkyne, acetylene, C 2 H 2 , or an aromatic compound, benzene, C 6 H 6 .
any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes

“compound of hydrogen and carbon,” 1826, formed in English from hydrogen + carbon.

hydrocarbon hy·dro·car·bon (hī’drə-kär’bən)
An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.

Chemical compounds whose main feature is a long chain of carbon atoms bonded to hydrogen atoms. Hydrocarbons are organic molecules.

Note: Many hydrocarbons are used as fuels. Some examples of hydrocarbon fuels are the components of gasoline; methane, which is the main ingredient of natural gas; and some components of wood.


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