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

Definition of milligram

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

Examples of milligram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Impossible Pork has far more sodium, at 420 milligrams. Fortune, "Impossible Foods Unveils the Other Fake Meat," 7 Jan. 2020 Prescriptions also have become less potent, with total morphine milligram equivalents dispensed falling by almost a third between 2014 and 2019. Kat Stromquist, Arkansas Online, "Crackdown on opioids searing, pain patients say," 1 Dec. 2019 The researchers said its high prescribing rate could also reflect higher dosing — patients taking two eight-milligram tablets of buprenorphine at a time, for example. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid," 21 Aug. 2019 Caruso sold the drug in 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 milligram quantities – all extremely deadly doses, Kerin said., "One family lost son to drugs. Another family’s son caused the death. Both left heartbroken.," 11 July 2019 Patients will receive a loading dose of 600 milligrams of hydroxychloroquine, and then 200 mg three times a day. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Novartis steps up to study of hydroxychloroquine in Covid-19," 20 Apr. 2020 Half were given a low dose of 450 milligrams twice a day. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Study of Trump-touted chloroquine for coronavirus stopped due to heart problems, deaths," 15 Apr. 2020 Their clinical trial randomly assigned 457 hospitalized Covid-19 patients to receive either 400 milligrams or 200 milligrams of sarilumab, or a placebo. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Arthritis Drug Did Not Help Seriously Ill Covid Patients, Early Data Shows," 27 Apr. 2020 The pills could be had for next to nothing through Medicaid and then resold on the black market for $1 a milligram. Beth Macy, The Atlantic, "A New Approach to Fighting the Opioid Crisis," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of milligram was in 1797

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“Milligram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of milligram

: a weight equal to 1/1000 gram


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

Kids Definition of milligram

: a unit of weight equal to 1/1000 gram


variants: or chiefly British milligramme \ -​ˌgram How to pronounce milligram (audio) \

Medical Definition of milligram

: one thousandth of a gram abbreviation mg

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