The organic compounds containing halogen atoms as part of their molecules are referred to as organohalogen compounds. Haloalkanes (alkyl halides), haloarenes (aryl halides), acid halides are some important class of these compounds.

Their molecules contain polar C-X bond as functional group; where X is a halogen atom like F, Cl, Br and I. The carbon atom carries partial positive charge and halogen atom, being more electronegative than carbon, carries partial negative charge.

The organohalogen compounds find many applications in day to day life and in industry. They are used as solvents in laboratory and in industries (like chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, westron, westrosol); as precursors to other organic molecules; as anesthetics (e.g. halothane); as refrigerants (like freons); etc.

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