Hydrocarbon Definition and Examples

What Is a Hydrocarbon in Chemistry?

Benzene
Benzene is an example of a hydrocarbon. Ben Mills/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Hydrocarbon Definition

A hydrocarbon is a substance consisting only of carbon and hydrogen atoms.

Hydrocarbon Examples:

benzene, hexane

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