apothecaries' weight

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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.
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