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Abbreviating metric units of measure

Basic rules for abbreviations

  • Abbreviate most units of measure that accompany numbers and include a virgule construction
  • Use the same abbreviation for both singular and plural forms
  • Do not use periods with abbreviated unis of measure
  • Include a space between the arabic numeral and the abbreviation
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20 g
2 cm
5 dL
10 mg

 

Abbreviation

Metric unit

g

gram

m

meter

L

liter

cm

centimeter

dL

deciliter

mEq

milliequivalent

mg

milligram

mL

milliliter

mm

millimeter

mmHg

millimeter of mercury

mmol

millimole

msec, ms

millisecond

These abbreviations are only used when a numeric quantity precedes the unit of measure.


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