Halogenated Hydrocarbon Definition

This is the chemical structure of chloromethane, or methylchloride.
This is the chemical structure of the halogenated hydrocarbon chloromethane. Yikrazuul/PD

A halogenated hydrocarbon is a hydrocarbon that contains one or more halogen atoms. The chemical compound is also known as a halocarbon.


Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are halogenated hydrocarbons that are used as refrigerants, but lead to ozone depletion. Methyl bromide is used as a fumigant. Chloroethane is used as a solvent.


Halocarbons are used as refrigerants, pharmaceuticals, solvents, flame retardants and extinguishers, and propellants. Sometimes they are used for their toxic properties.


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