milligram

[ mil-i-gram ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌgræm /
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noun

a unit of mass or weight equal to one thousandth of a gram, and equivalent to 0.0154 grain. Abbreviation: mg

Nearby words

  1. milliequivalent,
  2. millier,
  3. millifarad,
  4. milligal,
  5. milligan,
  6. milligram-hour,
  7. millihenry,
  8. millikan,
  9. millikan, robert andrews,
  10. millilambert

Also especially British, mil·li·gramme.

Origin of milligram

From the French word milligramme, dating back to 1800–10. See milli-, -gram2

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British Dictionary definitions for milligram

milligram

milligramme

/ (ˈmɪlɪˌɡræm) /

noun

one thousandth of a gramSymbol: mg

Word Origin for milligram

C19: from French

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Word Origin and History for milligram

milligram

n.

also milligramme, 1802, from French milligramme; see milli- + gram.

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Medicine definitions for milligram

milligram

[ mĭlĭ-grăm′ ]

n.

A metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth (10-3) of a gram.

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Science definitions for milligram

milligram

[ mĭlĭ-grăm′ ]

A unit of mass or weight in the metric system equal to 0.001 gram. See Table at measurement.
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