residence time

noun

: the duration of persistence of a mass or substance in a medium or place (such as the atmosphere)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bacterial transfer rate to food decreased as the bacterial residence time on the surface increased from 2, 4, 8 to 24 h with transfers of 6.5, 4.8, 4.6 and 3.9 log CFU ml(-1) in the rinse solutions, respectively. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of residence time was in 1954

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“Residence time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residence%20time. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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