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Mass Unit Conversions 
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For example, an astronaut would be almost weightless in outer space, but his or her mass would be unchanged from that on Earth. Therefore, one can say that mass is an expression of "how much stuff" something has.
Here is a handy conversion calculator for some common and uncommon mass (weight) terms. Each term is defined in the next section.
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Unit  Equivalent measurements, comments 

Metric ton (t)  A metric ton is equal to 1,000 
Kilogram (kg, kilos)  The prefix "kilo" means 1,000 
Gram (g, gm)  A gram is 1/1000th of a kilogram. A gram is equal to the mass of water contained in a cube one cm on each side (one cubic centimeter = 1 cc = 1 cm^{3} of water weighs 1 gram). 
Carat (c)  Used primarily for gemstones, one carat = 0.2 gram = 0.00705 ounce. There are 5 carats in a gram. 
Milligram (mg, mgs)  The prefix "milli" means 1/1000. Therefore, 1 milligram = 0.001 grams, or 1000 mg = 1 g. 1 mg = 1e6 kg. 1 mg = 3.52e5 ounces. 
Microgram (μg, μgs)  The prefix "micro" means 1/1,000 
Nanogram (ng, ngs)  The prefix "nano" means 1/1,000 
Picogram (pg, pgs)  The prefix "pico" means 1/1,000 
Femtogram (fg, fgs)  The prefix "femto" means 1/1,000 
attogram (ag, ags)  The prefix "atto" means 1/1,000 
Zeptogram (zg, zgs)  The prefix "zepto" means 1/1,000 
Ton (long ton)  In the U.S., a long ton = 1.12 short tons = 2,240 pounds = 1.016 metric tons. 
Ton (short ton)  In the U.S., a ton is 2,000 
Pound (lb, lbs)  A pound is an English unit of weight. There are 16 ounces or 7,000 
Ounce (oz, oz avdp)  An ounce is equal to 437.5 grains, 1/16 of a pound, or 28.350 grams. The system of having 16 ounces in a pound is called the avoirdupois system. Note:

Dram (dr, dr avdp)  Fairly uncommon. There are 256 drams in a pound. 1 dram = 27.34 grains = 1/16 ounces. Caution: apothecary drams and fluid drams are different from the avoirdupois dram (see previous entry). 
Grain (lb, lbs)  Fairly uncommon. There are 480 grains in a troy ounce and 7,000 
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See also: area units, distance units, energy units, mole, pressure units, temperature units, volume units.
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