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A device for measuring the moisture in a gaseous atmosphere, such as the air, usually as percent relative humidity. Mechanical hygrometers detect moisture by elongation and shrinkage of a fiber or sheet or by a device attached to a needle on a dial. Electrohygrometers measure changes in an electrical property of a moisture-sensitive sensing probe and are more reliable. Determination of the aqueous-phase activity of oil muds by the Chenevert Method requires an electrohygrometer and a series of salt solutions for calibration.

Synonyms: electrohygrometer

See: activity of aqueous solutionsbalanced-activity oil mudChenevert methodoil mudosmosisrelative humidityzinc chloride