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minim

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noun min·im \ˈmi-nəm\

Definition of minim

  1. 1 :  half note

  2. 2 :  something very minute

  3. 3 — see weight table

minim adjective


Did You Know?

Minim derives from the Latin word minimus, meaning "least" or "smallest." Musicians were the first to note its significance in the 15th century as a word for the half note. Chirographers soon adopted it as a word for a single downstroke in penmanship (such as any of the three in the letter m), and after careful analysis, apothecaries prescribed "minim" as a word for their smallest unit of liquid capacity. English speakers have also embraced "minim" as a general noun referring to things that are very small and as an adjective meaning "of the smallest size," as in "a minim amount."

Origin of minim

Latin minimus least


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

minim

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noun min·im \ˈmin-əm\

Medical Definition of minim

  1. :  either of two units of capacity equal to 160 fluid dram:a:  a United States unit of liquid capacity equivalent to 0.003760 cubic inch or 0.061610 milliliterb:  a British unit of liquid capacity and dry measure equivalent to 0.003612 cubic inch or 0.059194 milliliter




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "minim" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "minim"


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