acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio) , a-\
plural acidities

Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2 : the state of being excessively acid

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Examples of acidity in a Sentence

detected a certain acidity in the way he responded the acidity of their relationship was well known to their mutual acquaintances

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And that makes sense: Squid blood is highly sensitive to changes in acidity, and scientists say the creatures already live on the edge of their environmental oxygen limits because their swimming technique is so energy-intensive. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Warming oceans might actually be good news for the original sea monster," 15 June 2019 This one is crisp with some zesty acidity and great minerality. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The New, Weird, Wonderful Rosés You Should Be Drinking This Summer," 8 June 2019 Determine its acidity and available nutrients, and then follow recommendations based on the results. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "How a Columbia gardener turns his tiny plot into a full-fledged feast," 4 June 2019 That said, there are certain conditions that can lead to a rapid, dangerous rise in acidity in the bloodstream. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 The easy-to-make relish in this chicken dish adds acidity and goes perfectly with many mains, including pork, beef, and fish. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish," 19 Dec. 2018 All that acidity can get in the way of sperm maintaining the right pH level for optimal function. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?," 7 Mar. 2019 For summer sipping, look for an unoaked Chardonnay, which lends more acidity to the fragrant texture of the wine. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 Duna's Kola balances a black hole of malty caramel with bright flashes of acidity and powerful spices. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of acidity

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidity

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acidité, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin aciditāt-, aciditās, from Latin acidus "sour, acid entry 2" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio) \
plural acidities

Kids Definition of acidity

: the quality, state, or degree of being acid

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsid-ət-ē, a- How to pronounce acidity (audio) \
plural acidities

Medical Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being sour or chemically acid the acidity of lemon juice
2 : the quality or state of being excessively or abnormally acid : hyperacidity

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