apothecaries' weight definition

  • noun:
    • a method of weights found in pharmacy and based on an ounce add up to 480 grains and a pound corresponding to 12 ounces. It has been mostly replaced by steps of metric system.
    • the device of loads wherein health prescriptions were formerly compounded. The lb and ounce are the same as in Troy fat; they differ just in the way of subdivision. The ounce is divided into 8 drams, 24 scruples, 480 grains. See Troy fat.
    • any weight product used in drugstore; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces

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