unit

[ yoo-nit ]
/ ˈyu nɪt /

noun

Origin of unit

1570; coined by John Dee as a translation of Greek mónas (previously rendered as unity); perhaps influenced by digit

OTHER WORDS FROM unit

in·ter·u·nit, adjectivemul·ti·u·nit, adjectivesub·u·nit, nounsu·per·u·nit, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subunit (1 of 2)

subunit
/ (sʌbˈjunɪt) /

noun

a distinct part or component of something larger

British Dictionary definitions for subunit (2 of 2)

unit
/ (ˈjuːnɪt) /

noun

Word Origin for unit

C16: back formation from unity, perhaps on the model of digit
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Medicine definitions for subunit

unit
[ yōōnĭt ]

n.

An entity regarded as an elementary structural or functional constituent of a whole.
A precisely specified quantity in terms of which the magnitudes of other quantities of the same kind can be stated.
The quantity of a serum, drug, or other agent necessary to produce a specific effect.
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