Refrigerant Definition (Chemistry)

What Is a Refrigerant?

Chlorofluorocarbons are excellent refrigerants, although they pose an environmental hazard.
Chlorofluorocarbons are excellent refrigerants, although they pose an environmental hazard. BanksPhotos / Getty Images

Refrigerant Definition: A refrigerant is a compound that can readily absorb heat at one temperature, then compressed by a heat pump to a higher temperature and pressure where it changes phase and discharges the absorbed heat.

Examples: Nearly all chlorofluorocarbons are refrigerants.