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What is the difference between mcg and mg?

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A milligram, abbreviated as mg, is a metric unit of measure that is equal to 1/1000th (one one thousandth) of a gram, while a microgram, abbreviated mcg, is a metric unit of measure that is equal to 1/1000000th (one one millionth) of a gram. One microgram is equal to 0.0010000 milligrams.

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Though they carry different values, micrograms and milligrams have similar characteristics. Both micrograms and milligrams can be used to measure both weight and mass. Micrograms are a common unit of measurement in the medical field in the United States even though the U.S. typically doesn't use the metric system.

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