pH

noun
\ ˈpē-ˈāch How to pronounce pH (audio) \

Definition of pH

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a measure of acidity and alkalinity of a solution that is a number on a scale on which a value of 7 represents neutrality and lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers increasing alkalinity and on which each unit of change represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity and that is the negative logarithm of the effective hydrogen-ion concentration or hydrogen-ion activity in gram equivalents per liter of the solution also : the condition represented by a pH number

Definition of PH (Entry 2 of 2)

1 pinch hit
2 public health
3 Purple Heart

Examples of pH in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maidenhair ferns from other climates may like a more neutral pH, so adding a bit of lime to the soil would be to their liking. oregonlive, "Need help hiding new neighbor’s big concrete wall? Ask an expert," 27 Dec. 2020 The fragrance-free, vitamin B3-rich formula has a 5.36 pH (similar to skin’s natural baseline) and can double as an eye cream, too. Kari Molvar, WSJ, "We Tested 50 Face Moisturizers to Find the Best," 16 Dec. 2020 The club tests for four main parameters — phosphorus, nitrates, ammonia and chlorides — and takes the temperature and pH of the water. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Banning some types of fertilizers and sealants will improve Naperville-area rivers, streams: Sierra Club," 24 Dec. 2020 If your soil has too high a pH, then nutrients become chemically locked up and unavailable. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to choose poinsettias and Christmas trees," 3 Dec. 2020 Rinse the rock-wool starter cubes [D], then soak them in water with a pH of 5.5 for about an hour. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Growing All Winter With This DIY Hydroponic System," 7 Nov. 2020 Murdock’s pH balanced, sulfate-free beard shampoo is available in the U.S. and gets high marks for a thorough clean that removes daily grit without stripping hair follicles or skin. Sean Piccoli, NBC News, "Best men's beard and grooming products, according to experts," 2 Nov. 2020 Research has shown that age can affect the pH of skin. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, "Understanding Your Skin's Acid Mantle and Why It's So Important," 15 Oct. 2020 Our winter rainfall pattern tends to lower soil pH over time. oregonlive, "Wildfire ash and smoke leave Oregon gardeners with questions: Ask an expert," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pH

Noun

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pH

Noun

German, from Potenz power + H (symbol for hydrogen)

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

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“PH.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pH. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pH

pH

noun
How to pronounce PH (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pH

technical : a number between 0 and 14 that indicates if a chemical is an acid or a base

pH

noun
\ ˈpē-ˈāch How to pronounce pH (audio) \

Kids Definition of pH

: a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance Lemon juice has a pH of about 2.5. Water has a pH of 7.

Medical Definition of ph

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1 pharmacopoeia
2 phosphor
3 phot

pH

noun
\ (ˈ)pē-ˈāch How to pronounce pH (audio) \

Medical Definition of pH (Entry 2 of 2)

: a measure of acidity and alkalinity of a solution that is a number on a scale on which a value of 7 represents neutrality and lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers increasing alkalinity and on which each unit of change represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity and that is the negative logarithm of the effective hydrogen-ion concentration or hydrogen-ion activity in gram equivalents per liter of the solution instead of saying that the concentration of hydrogen ion in pure water is 1.00 x 10−7, it is customary to say that the pH of pure water is 7— Linus Pauling also : the condition represented by such a number — compare pk

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