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Syllabification: hy·dro·car·bon
Pronunciation: /ˌhīdrəˈkärbən

Definition of hydrocarbon in English:


A compound of hydrogen and carbon, such as any of those that are the chief components of petroleum and natural gas.
Example sentences
  • This catalyst is responsible for converting carbon monoxide and the other hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide.
  • Biodiesel reduces emissions such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter.
  • Nitrogen oxides can react with hydrocarbons to yield nitric acid, a primary ingredient in acid rain.

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