Confusing measures ;-)
Posted by Caroline on March 31, 1998 at 18:34:46:
I was looking at some old apothecary's notes the other day, and got confused over my scruples and drachms, and a few other measurements. So I went to www.onelook.com an interesting library resource. I typed in 'drachm', and this is what came up:"
Dram (apothecaries or troy) = 1 Br drachm, 0.008571429 avoirdupois pound, 1/96 apothecary or troy pound,0.1371429 avoirdupois ounce, 1/8 apothecary or troy ounce, 2.194286 avoirdupois drams, 2.5 pennyweights, 3 scruples, 60 grains, 3.8879351 grams.
Dram (avoirdupois) = 0.0047471788 apothecary or troy pound, 1/256 avoirdupois pound,0.056966146 apothecary or troy ounce, 0.0625 avoirdupois ounce, 0.4557292 apothecary or troy dram, 1.139323 pennyweights, 1.3671875 scruples, 27.34375 grains, 1.771845 grams, 1.771845 milligrams.
Dram (fluid) = 0.00390625 liquid quart, 0.0078125 liquid pint, 0.03125 gill, 1/8 fluid ounce, 0.225586 cubic inch, 60 minims, 3.6966 milliliters, 3.6967 cubic centimeters. "
Talk about a thorough explanation! (I'm still confused, though.....) ;-)
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