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n. Abbr. ng
One billionth (10-9) of a gram.
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(ˈnænəʊˌɡræm) or


(Units) one billionth (10–9) of a gram. Symbol: ng
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Noun1.nanogram - one billionth (1/1,000,000,000) gram
metric weight unit, weight unit - a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
mcg, microgram - one millionth (1/1,000,000) gram
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But the amount was about one-millionth of a nanogramme - so miniscule that both UK Athletics and the IAAF agreed that no offence had been committed and there was no case to answer.
Devonish did give a reading fractionally above the permitted limit in a test after a competition, but the amount was around one-millionth of a nanogramme and considered so minimal that both UK Athletics and the International Amateur Athletics Federation agreed that no offence had occurred and there was no case.
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