a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; one thousandth of a kilogram. Abbreviation: g
- Also especially British, gramme .
Other definitions for gram (2 of 7)
(in the East Indies) the chickpea used as a food for people and cattle.
any of several other beans, as the mung bean, Vigna radiata(green gram, or golden gram ), or the urd, V. mungo(black gram ).
Other definitions for Gram (3 of 7)
(in the Volsunga Saga) the sword of Sigmund, broken by Odin, repaired by Regin, and used again by Sigurd in killing Fafnir.
- Compare Balmung.
Other definitions for -gram (4 of 7)
a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “something written,” “drawing” (epigram; diagram); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (oscillogram).
- Compare -graph.
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Other definitions for -gram (6 of 7)
a combining form extracted from telegram, used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “message, bulletin”: culturegram; electiongram; prophecy-gram.
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How to use gram in a sentence
Furthermore, a person with norovirus has about 70 billion viral particles per gram of stool.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned | Kent Sepkowitz | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The European formula for Fireball has even less: under one gram per kilogram of propylene glycol.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze | Tim Mak | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wax can cost a hundred dollars a gram, while buds are as cheap as $20 these days.
Food business groups argue that a gram of sugar, natural or added, is a gram of sugar—so why distinguish it?Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food | Tim Mak | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was, he said, amazed that “a fraction of a gram of sugar had rendered [him] unconscious.”The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy | The Telegraph | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Recognition of the pneumococcus depends upon its morphology, the fact that it is gram-staining, and the presence of a capsule.
The great majority belong to the colon bacillus group, and are negative to gram's method of staining.
A gram-positive stool due to cocci is suggestive of intestinal ulceration.
gram's method (p. 40) is a very useful aid in distinguishing certain bacteria.
This is a minute, slender rod, which lies within and between the pus-corpuscles (Fig. 125), and is negative to gram's stain.
British Dictionary definitions for gram (1 of 5)
a metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth of a kilogram. It is equivalent to 15.432 grains or 0.002 205 pounds: Symbol: g
British Dictionary definitions for gram (2 of 5)
any of several leguminous plants, such as the beans Phaseolus mungo (black gram or urd) and P. aureus (green gram), whose seeds are used as food in India
the seed of any of these plants
British Dictionary definitions for gram (3 of 5)
(in India) a village
British Dictionary definitions for -gram (4 of 5)
indicating a drawing or something written or recorded: hexagram; telegram
British Dictionary definitions for gram. (5 of 5)
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Scientific definitions for gram (1 of 2)
A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 0.001 kilogram or 0.035 ounce. See Table at measurement.
Scientific definitions for Gram (2 of 2)
Danish bacteriologist who in 1884 developed a method of staining bacteria, called Gram's stain or Gram's dye, that is used to identify and classify bacteria, often from samples of infected body fluids. The classification, called gram-negative or gram-positive, can be useful in the initial selection of antibiotics to treat the infection.
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Cultural definitions for gram
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