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;
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
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, https://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000 Comment: fluoroplastic
- Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988