hydrocarbon Definition

an organic compound consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon atoms.

Using hydrocarbon: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hydrocarbon" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon.

  • Example

    Hydrocarbons are used as fuels and solvents in many industries.

  • Example

    Crude oil is a mixture of various hydrocarbons.

hydrocarbon Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for hydrocarbon


Summary: hydrocarbon in Brief

A 'hydrocarbon' [ˌhaɪdrəʊˈkɑːbən] is an organic compound made up of only hydrogen and carbon atoms. It is commonly used as a fuel and solvent in various industries. 'Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon,' while 'crude oil is a mixture of various hydrocarbons.'