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Any of a class of organic compounds in which fluorine replaces one or more of the hydrogen molecules. Fluorocarbons are resistant to heat, flame, chemicals, moisture and oxidation. They are used as lubricants, refrigerants, fire extinguishing agents and inert polymers. Examples of fluorocarbon polymers are polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon®), polyvinylidene fluoride, and fluorinated ethylene propylene.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fluorocarbono (Esp.); composé flouorocarboné (Fr.); fluorocarbone (Fr.); fluorocarbon resin; fluoroplastic;


General Characteristics of Polymers

Physical Properties for Selected Thermoplastic Resins

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 307
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988