Relative humidity

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A measure of the moisture content in the air. Relative humidity is calculated as the ratio of the actual pressure of existing water vapor to the maximum possible (saturated) pressure of water vapor in the atmosphere at the same temperature, expressed as a percentage (ASTM). Relative humidity can be measured using a Psychrometer, Hygrometer, Hygrothermograph, or RH indicator cards.

Synonyms and Related Terms

RH; humidité relative (Fr.); Relative Feuchte (Deut.)

Resources and Citations

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  • ASTM, Standard Terminology Relating to Natural and Artificial Weathering Tests of Nonmetallic Materials, Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 14, General Methods and Instrumentation, ASTM, G113, 1371-1373, Sep-94
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  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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