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an organic compound that contains carbon and hydrogen only.
alicyclic hydrocarbon one that has cyclic structure and aliphatic properties.
aliphatic hydrocarbon one in which no carbon atoms are joined to form a ring.
aromatic hydrocarbon one that has cyclic structure and a closed conjugated system of double bonds.
chlorinated hydrocarbon any hydrocarbon compound with chlorine substitutions; many are toxic. They are used mainly as refrigerants, industrial solvents, dry cleaning fluids, and insecticides (such as ddt and dieldrin). Some have been used as anesthetics, such as chloroform.
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A chlorinated hydrocarbon used as an insecticide; may cause toxic effects in people and animals exposed to its action through skin contact, inhalation, or food contamination.
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a chlorinated hydrocarbon that is a powerful insecticide, with long-lasting effects. However, it has become ecologically damaging and is banned from many countries. See also DDT.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005