gram 1 [ gram ] SHOW IPA / græm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; one thousandth of a kilogram. Abbreviation: g QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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especially British, gramme . Origin of gram 1
gramme<Late Latin gramma a small weight <Greek grámma something drawn, a small weight Words nearby gram grains of paradise
gram calorie gram 2 [ gram ] SHOW IPA / græm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun (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 ( or the urd, green gram, or golden gram ), V. mungo ( black gram ). Origin of gram 2
First recorded in 1695–1705; from Portuguese
“seed, grain, kernel”; see origin at
grain Gram [ grahm ] SHOW IPA / grɑm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun (in the Volsunga Saga) the sword of Sigmund, broken by Odin, repaired by Regin, and used again by Sigurd in killing Fafnir. Origin of Gram
From the Old Norse word
Gramr literally, angry, evil 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). Origin of -gram 1
combining form of
something written or drawn; akin to
carve a combining form of gram: 1 kilogram. a combining form extracted from telegram, used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “message, bulletin”: culturegram; electiongram; prophecy-gram. abbreviation grammar. grammarian. grammatical.
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Example sentences from the Web for gram
He was, he said, amazed that “a fraction of a
gram of sugar had rendered [him] unconscious.”
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.
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. noun 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 Word Origin for gram
C18: from French
gramme, from Late Latin gramma, from Greek: small weight, from graphein to write noun 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 Word Origin for gram
C18: from Portuguese
gram (modern spelling grão), from Latin grānum grain Word Origin for gram
n combining form indicating a drawing or something written or recorded hexagram; telegram Word Origin for -gram
-gramma, from Greek, from gramma letter and grammē line
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n. A metric unit of mass equal to 15.432 grains, one thousandth (10 -3) of a kilogram, or 0.035 ounce. Gram Hans Christian Joachim 1853-1938 Danish physician who developed (1884) Gram's stain as a method of distinguishing types of bacteria. suff. Something written or drawn; a record: cardiogram.
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A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 0.001 kilogram or 0.035 ounce. See Table at measurement. Gram Hans Christian Joachim 1853-1938 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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The basic unit of measurement for
mass in the metric system; one cubic centimeter of water has a mass of approximately one gram.
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