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Is Freon an element and if not what is it?


If a substance does not appear in the Periodic Table, it is not an element, but rather a compound of other elements. Some elements have more than one name, especially radioactive ones. While the names for an element may vary in different languages, it will always have the same Symbol. (see related link for the Periodic Table)

Freon is a patented trade name for refrigerants produced by the DuPont Corporation, all of which are "fluorocarbons" or "hydro fluorocarbons" belonging to the class of compounds known as "haloalkenes". It contains the "halogen" elements Chlorine (Cl), Fluorine (F), as well as the element Carbon (C).

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