the amount of water vapor in the air, expressed as a percentage of the maximum amount that the air could hold at the given temperature; the ratio of the actual water vapor pressure to the saturation vapor pressure. Abbreviations: RH, rh
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Also called humidity.
Origin of relative humidity
First recorded in 1810–20
Words nearby relative humidity
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British Dictionary definitions for relative humidity
the mass of water vapour present in the air expressed as a percentage of the mass that would be present in an equal volume of saturated air at the same temperatureCompare absolute humidity
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Medical definitions for relative humidity
The ratio of the amount of water vapor in the air at a specific temperature to the maximum amount that the air could hold at that temperature, expressed as a percentage.
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Scientific definitions for relative humidity
The ratio of the actual amount of water vapor present in a volume of air at a given temperature to the maximum amount that the air could hold at that temperature, expressed as a percentage. Warm air can hold more water vapor than cool air, so a particular amount of water vapor will yield a lower relative humidity in warm air than it does in cool air. Compare absolute humidity.
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