uncia

uncia

[uhn-shee-uh]
noun, plural unciae [uhn-shee-ee] .
1.
a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the 12th part of an as.
2.
(in prescriptions) an ounce of weight or volume.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin: a twelfth part, akin to ūnus one; cf. inch1

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