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Haloalkane

The haloalkanes (also known as Halogenoalkanes) are a group of chemical compounds, consisting of alkanes, such as methane or ethane, with one or more halogens linked, such as chlorine or fluorine, making them a type of organic halide.

They are known under many chemical and trivial names.

As fire extinguishers, propellants, and solvents, they have or had wide use.

Some haloalkanes have negative effects on the environment, such as ozone depletion.

The most widely known family within this group are the Chloroflurocarbons, or CFCs for short.

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