hygroscope

[ hahy-gruh-skohp ]
/ ˈhaɪ grəˌskoʊp /
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noun

an instrument that indicates the approximate humidity of the air.

Nearby words

  1. hygrometer,
  2. hygrometric,
  3. hygrometry,
  4. hygrophilous,
  5. hygrophyte,
  6. hygroscopic,
  7. hygrostat,
  8. hygrothermograph,
  9. hygroton,
  10. hying

Origin of hygroscope

First recorded in 1655–65; hygro- + -scope

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British Dictionary definitions for hygroscope

hygroscope

/ (ˈhaɪɡrəˌskəʊp) /

noun

any device that indicates the humidity of the air without necessarily measuring it
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Science definitions for hygroscope

hygroscope

[ hīgrə-skōp′ ]

An instrument that records changes in atmospheric humidity. Unlike a hygrometer, a hygroscope only indicates a change in relative humidity, without measuring the magnitude of the change.
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