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hydrocarbon

noun [C] uk   /ˌhaɪ.drəʊˈkɑː.bən/ us    /-droʊˈkɑːr-/
a chemical combination of hydrogen and carbon, such as in oil or petrol: hydrocarbon emissionsTypes of chemicalSpecific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the body
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