Volatile organic compound
Similar term(s): VOC.
Any organic (carbon-containing) compound that evaporates readily to the
atmosphere at room temperature.
VOCs contribute significantly to smog production and certain health problems.
VOCs often have odors, examples include gasoline, alcohol, and the solvents
used in paints.
The total amount of VOCs may serve as a very general indicator of indoor air
Because VOCs mixtures can vary a lot in composition, total VOCs are not a
useful measure for risk assessment.
Primary & secondary particles
Deutsch: Flüchtige organische Verbindung
Español: Compuesto orgánico volátil
Français: Composé organique volatil