apothecaries' weight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apothecaries' weight any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apothecaries' weight the system of weights by which medical prescriptions were formerly compounded. The pound and ounce are the same as in Troy weight; they differ only in the manner of subdivision. The ounce is divided into 8 drams, 24 scruples, 480 grains. See Troy weight.
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Usage

In literature:

Estimated in dried millet-seed, the contents equalled 31 ounces, Prussian Apothecaries' weight.
"On Some Fossil Remains of Man" by Thomas H. Huxley
Estimated in dried millet-seed, the contents equalled 31 ounces, Prussian Apothecaries' weight.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The ounce and pound in this are same as in Apothecaries' weight.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Boxes Small Apothecary's Weights & Scales 3 doz.
"Drug Supplies in the American Revolution" by George B. Griffenhagen
Of allspice bruised, three ounces, apothecaries' weight.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
My present landlady's weight, in ratio with that of her husband, is as one pound avoirdupois to one ounce apothecary!
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Estimated in dried millet-seed, the contents equalled 31 ounces, Prussian Apothecaries' weight.
"Man's Place in Nature and Other Essays" by Thomas Henry Huxley
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