Fluid dram

Fluid dram
Fluid Flu"id, n. A fluid substance; a body whose particles move easily among themselves. [1913 Webster]

Note: Fluid is a generic term, including liquids and gases as species. Water, air, and steam are fluids. By analogy, the term was sometimes applied to electricity and magnetism, as in phrases electric fluid, magnetic fluid, though not strictly appropriate; such usage has disappeared. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Fluid dram}, or {Fluid drachm}, a measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce.

{Fluid ounce}. (a) In the United States, a measure of capacity, in apothecaries' or wine measure, equal to one sixteenth of a pint or 29.57 cubic centimeters. This, for water, is about 1.04158 ounces avoirdupois, or 455.6 grains. (b) In England, a measure of capacity equal to the twentieth part of an imperial pint. For water, this is the weight of the avoirdupois ounce, or 437.5 grains.

{Fluids of the body}. (Physiol.) The circulating blood and lymph, the chyle, the gastric, pancreatic, and intestinal juices, the saliva, bile, urine, aqueous humor, and muscle serum are the more important fluids of the body. The tissues themselves contain a large amount of combined water, so much, that an entire human body dried in vacuo with a very moderate degree of heat gives about 66 per cent of water.

{Burning fluid}, {Elastic fluid}, {Electric fluid}, {Magnetic fluid}, etc. See under {Burning}, {Elastic}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fluid dram — Dram Dram (dr[a^]m), n. [OF. drame, F. drachme, L. drachma, drachm, drachma, fr. Gr. drachmh , prop., a handful, fr. dra ssesqai to grasp. Cf. {Drachm}, {Drachma}.] 1. A weight; in Apothecaries weight, one eighth part of an ounce, or sixty… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fluid dram — or flu·i·dram flü ə .dram n either of two units of liquid capacity: a) a U.S. unit equal to 1/8 U.S. fluid ounce or 0.226 cubic inch or 3.697 milliliters b) a British unit equal to 1/8 British fluid ounce or 0.2167 cubic inch or 3.5516… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fluid dram — und Fluid drachm (»Flüssigdrachme«) sind Maßeinheiten des Raums (Flüssigkeit, Apothekermaß), die vor allem in Nordamerika gebräuchlich sind. Das Einheitenzeichen für Fluid dram ist US.fl.dr. Das Einheitenzeichen für Fluid drachm ist Imp.fl.dr. 1… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fluid dram — [flo͞o′i dram΄] a unit of liquid measure, equal to 1/ 8 fluid ounce or 60 minims (3.6967 milliliters): abbrev. fl dr …   English World dictionary

  • fluid dram —    or fluidram (fl dr)    a unit of volume in the traditional apothecary system, equal to 1/8 fluid ounce. This unit is usually called the fluid dram or fluidram to avoid confusion with the weight dram. The U. S. fluid dram contains about 0.225… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • fluid dram — noun 1. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 60 minims or 3.5516 cubic centimeters • Syn: ↑fluidram, ↑fluid drachm, ↑drachm • Hypernyms: ↑British capacity unit, ↑Imperial capacity unit • Part …   Useful english dictionary

  • fluid dram — flu′id dram′ n. wam the eighth part of a fluid ounce Abbr.: fl dr; Symbol:f 2) …   From formal English to slang

  • fluid dram — the eighth part of a fluid ounce. Abbr.: fl dr. Also, fluid drachm. * * * …   Universalium

  • fluid dram — or fluidram noun Date: circa 1860 a unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/8 fluid ounce see weight table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dram — /dram/, n., v., drammed, dramming. n. 1. Meas. a. a unit of apothecaries weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 ounce (3.89 grams). b. 1/16 ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbr.: dr., dr 2. See fluid dram. 3. a small drink of… …   Universalium

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