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WORDS THAT USE -GRAM
What does -gram mean?
The first of these senses is “something written” or “drawing” and this form of -gram is frequently used in a variety of scientific and technical terms. This meaning of -gram comes from Greek grámma, meaning “something written or drawn.”
The second of these senses is “gram,” as in “one-thousandth of a kilogram,” and this form of -gram is occasionally used in a variety of technical terms. This meaning of -gram also ultimately comes from Greek grámma but in the sense of “a small weight.”
The third of these senses is “message; bulletin.” This form of -gram is very occasionally used in a variety of technical terms, and its meaning is extracted from telegram. Find out more about the word telegram at our entry for the word.
Examples of -gram with the sense “something written” or "drawing"
One example of a technical term that uses the form -gram is dactylogram, also known as “a fingerprint.”
The dactylo- part of the word means “finger,” from Greek dáktylos. As we have seen, -gram means “drawing.” Dactylogram literally translates to “drawing of a finger.”
What are some words that use the combining form -gram?
- anagram (using the equivalent form of -gram in Latin)
- pentagram (using the equivalent form of -gram in Greek)
What are some other forms that -gram may be commonly confused with?
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|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|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|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|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.