Westphal balance

West·​phal balance | \ ˈwes(t)ˌfȯl- \

Definition of Westphal balance

: a balance having the buoyancy of a float balanced by sliding weights that is used for determining specific gravity (as of liquids or mineral fragments)

called also Mohr balance

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History and Etymology for Westphal balance

probably after Wilhelm H. Westphal, 20th century German physicist

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“Westphal balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Westphal%20balance. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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