milligram

noun
mil·​li·​gram | \ -ˌgram How to pronounce milligram (audio) \

Definition of milligram

: a unit of mass equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ gram — see Metric System Table

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Stewart’s prescription already had been cut by 276 morphine milligrams, and others were struggling to walk, including one woman hobbling into her office, shoulders hunched. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 An ounce of espresso can have up to 64 milligrams of the stuff. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 The first Hayabusa mission brought back less than a milligram of asteroid dust from its historic and harrowing journey. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Nears Its Target, the Asteroid Ryugu," 26 June 2018 For veterans who receive the equivalent of 300 to 399 milligrams of morphine a day, the total has sunk from 34 to two. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "VA turns to alternative pain treatments amid opioid crisis," 30 Apr. 2018 Stewart’s prescription already had been cut by 276 morphine milligrams, and others were struggling to walk, including one woman hobbling into her office, shoulders hunched. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 Stewart’s prescription already had been cut by 276 morphine milligrams, and others were struggling to walk, including one woman hobbling into her office, shoulders hunched. Bonnie Jo Mount, Washington Post, "Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 31 May 2018 In some cases, as little as 0.3 to 0.5 milligrams is enough. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 At the start, the patients had allergic reactions to no more than 100 milligrams of peanut protein, equivalent to one-third of a peanut kernel. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Experimental Drug Shows Promise Protecting Against Peanut Allergies," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of milligram

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milligram

French milligramme, from milli- + gramme gram

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milligram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of milligram

: a weight equal to 1/1000 gram

milligram

noun
mil·​li·​gram | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce milligram (audio) \

Kids Definition of milligram

: a unit of weight equal to 1/1000 gram

milligram

noun
mil·​li·​gram
variants: or chiefly British milligramme \ -​ˌgram How to pronounce milligramme (audio) \

Medical Definition of milligram

: one thousandth of a gram abbreviation mg

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