centimeter-gram-second system


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cen·ti·me·ter-gram-sec·ond system

(sĕn′tə-mē′tər-grăm′sĕk′ənd)
n. Abbr. cgs
A system of measurement in which the basic units of length, mass, and time are the centimeter, gram, and second, used in the United States chiefly in science, medicine, and engineering.