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minim

[min-uh m] /ˈmɪn əm/
noun
1.
the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 (0.0167) of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop. Symbol: ♍, ♏.
Abbreviation: min, min.;
2.
Music. a note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note.
3.
the least quantity of anything.
4.
something very small or insignificant.
5.
(initial capital letter) a member of a mendicant religious order founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
adjective
6.
7.
very small.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin minimus; as musical term, < Medieval Latin (nota) minima; see minimum
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British Dictionary definitions for minim

minim

/ˈmɪnɪm/
noun
1.
a unit of fluid measure equal to one sixtieth of a drachm. It is approximately equal to one drop M,
2.
(music) a note having the time value of half a semibreve Usual US and Canadian name half-note
3.
a small or insignificant person or thing
4.
a downward stroke in calligraphy
adjective
5.
(rare) very small; tiny
Word Origin
C15 (in its musical meaning): from Latin minimus smallest
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Word Origin and History for minim
n.

mid-15c., in music, from Latin minimus "smallest, least; minute, trifling, insignificant;" of time, "least, shortest, very short;" of age, "youngest;" as a noun, "least price, lowest price" (see minimum). Calligraphy sense is from c.1600.

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minim in Medicine

minim min·im (mĭn'əm)
n.

  1. In the United States, a unit of volume equal to 1/60 of a fluid dram, or 0.0616 milliliters.

  2. In Great Britain, 1/20 of a scruple, or 0.0592 milliliters.

  3. The smallest or the least of several similar structures.

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