milligram

noun
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

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On the sodium counts, Wendy's spicy chicken is the lowest at 990 milligrams and Chick-fil-A spicy is the highest at 1,620 milligrams. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Worth the hype: Popeyes wins our taste test vs. Chick-fil-A, Wendy's," 6 Sep. 2019 Patients will be given a 300 milligram monthly dose, compared with a 120 mg per month dose for migraine prevention. NBC News, "FDA approves migraine drug as the first cluster headache treatment," 5 June 2019 Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, and ingesting just a few grains — as little as a quarter of a milligram — can be deadly. Los Angeles Times, "Death, made in Mexico: Traffickers embrace fentanyl," 1 Sep. 2019 Ricin is a highly poisonous substance found in castor beans and only a few milligrams of it is enough to kill a human, authorities said. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta man admits to intending to poison wife with ricin, feds say," 9 Sep. 2019 The authors found that for each additional 1 milligram per liter in concentration of fluoride in a mother's urine, there was a 4.5-point drop in IQ in males. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children's development," 19 Aug. 2019 Only certain 40- to 70-year-olds who don't already have heart disease are at high enough risk to warrant 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin daily, and that's for a doctor to decide. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Should you take a daily aspirin or not? What doctors are saying," 23 July 2019 Only certain 40- to 70-year-olds who don't already have heart disease are at high enough risk to warrant 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin daily, and that's for a doctor to decide. CBS News, "Millions take aspirin for heart health. Researchers say many of them shouldn't.," 23 July 2019 In fact, the Apollo missions left not milligrams, but kilograms of live microbes on the Moon in bags of human feces. Robert Zubrin, National Review, "‘Tardigrades on the Moon Is Not Good’," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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