Definition of "hydrocarbon" []

  • Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene and methane, that contain only carbon and hydrogen. (noun)
  • Any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes (noun)

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Use "hydrocarbon" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes when a hydrocarbon is aspirated, the coughing does not begin until much later."
  • "In addition, aspiration may occur as the result of re-exposure of the larynx to hydrocarbon from the tip of the tube during removal."
  • "Azerbaijan, rich in hydrocarbon reserves and the current darling of western energy companies, is finding the present situation untenable."