absolute humidity

noun

Definition of absolute humidity

: the amount of water vapor present in a unit volume of air — compare relative humidity

Examples of absolute humidity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This differs from absolute humidity, which is a measure of the actual amount of water vapor in the air, regardless of its temperature. Fox News, "Scientists call on WHO to provide guidance on indoor humidity in coronavirus battle," 5 May 2020 Why lower absolute humidity might favor some viruses remains unclear, however. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 And absolute humidity drops sharply in winter, because cold air holds less water vapor. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 Studies have shown that a drop in absolute humidity is correlated with a significant increase in the presence of active flu virus in aerosolized droplets. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why We Get Our Flu Shots in the Fall," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of absolute humidity

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Absolute humidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20humidity. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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absolute humidity

noun

Medical Definition of absolute humidity

: the amount of water vapor present in a unit volume of air — compare relative humidity

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