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Chlorofluorocarbons

Similar term(s): CFCs.

Definition:

Organic compounds made up of atoms of carbon, chlorine (Cl2), and fluorine (F2). An example is CFC-12 (CCl2F2), used as a refrigerant in refrigerators and air conditioners and as a foam blowing agent. Gaseous CFCs can deplete the ozone layer when they slowly rise into the stratosphere, are broken down by strong ultraviolet radiation, release chlorine atoms, and then react with ozone molecules.

Source: US EPA Glossary of Climate Change Terms 

Related words:

Chlorine - Compound(s) - Organic

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