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English definition of “hydrocarbon”


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