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milligram

[mil-i-gram] /ˈmɪl ɪˌgræm/
noun
1.
a unit of mass or weight equal to one thousandth of a gram, and equivalent to 0.0154 grain.
Abbreviation: mg.
Also, especially British, milligramme.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < French milligramme. See milli-, -gram2
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  • When the resulting animals themselves laid eggs, they contained milligram amounts of the desired antibodies.
  • Some sensitive individuals can tolerate tapering by only a fraction of a milligram per month.
  • Even a milligram taken every day for a year is likely to cause harm.
British Dictionary definitions for milligram

milligram

/ˈmɪlɪˌɡræm/
noun
1.
one thousandth of a gram mg
Word Origin
C19: from French
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Word Origin and History for milligram
n.

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

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milligram in Medicine

milligram mil·li·gram (mĭl'ĭ-grām')
n.
Abbr. mg
A metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth (10-3) of a gram.

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milligram in Science
milligram
  (mĭl'ĭ-grām')   
A unit of mass or weight in the metric system equal to 0.001 gram. See Table at measurement.
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