- any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
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- Chemistrya group of chemical compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, such as methane or benzene.
- Chemistryany of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, as an alkane, methane, CH4, an alkene, ethylene, C2H4, an alkyne, acetylene, C2H2, or an aromatic compound, benzene, C6H6.
- hydro-2 + carbon 1820–30