|a system of weights, formerly used in pharmacy, based on the Troy ounce, which contains 480 grains. 1 grain is equal to 0.065 gram|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
apothecaries' weight n.
A system of weights used in compounding prescriptions and in which an ounce equals 480 grains and a pound equals 12 ounces.
|apothecaries' weight (ə-pŏth'ĭ-kěr'ēz) Pronunciation Key
A system of weights used in pharmacy and based on an ounce equal to 480 grains and a pound equal to 12 ounces. It has been largely replaced by measures of the metric system.
traditional system of weight in the British Isles used for the measuring and dispensing of pharmaceutical items and based on the grain, scruple (20 grains), dram (3 scruples), ounce (8 drams), and pound (12 ounces). The apothecaries' grain is equal to the troy and avoirdupois grains and represents 15,760 part of the troy and apothecaries' pound and 17,000 part of the avoirdupois pound. One apothecaries' pound equals approximately 0.82 avoirdupois pound, 373.24 grams, and 0.37 kilogram.
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