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How many grains equal a milligram?

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In the most common definition of the grain unit of measurement, there are 64.8 mg in 1 grain, so there are about 0.016 grains in 1 mg. This grain unit is also known as a troy grain, an avoirdupois grain and an apothecary's grain. The metric grain or jeweler's grain is used to indicate the weight of diamonds and pearls and 1 metric grain is ¼ carat or 50 mg.

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The grain is conceptually defined as the weight of one grain of barley. Modern uses of the grain unit include the measurement of:

  • Bullets
  • Gunpowder
  • Gold for dental use
  • Hardness of water (in the U.S. only)
  • Particulate emissions levels
  • Humidity
  • Medications

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