what is this abbreviation?

  1. what is a milliunit - mU and when is it used?

    (I tried to find it in a medical dictionary)
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  3. by   MIA-RN1
    insulin is measured in units, so I am thinking a milliunit would be a thousandth of a unit.
  4. by   Bipley
    Quote from gingersue
    what is a milliunit - mu and when is it used?

    (i tried to find it in a medical dictionary)

    >>many of the si units can be divided by the use of an appropriate modifier. for example a tenth of a unit is a deciunit, one hundredth is a centiunit, a thousandth is a milliunit, and a millionth is a microunit. multiplication of units works in a similar manner such that a kilounit is one thousand units and a megaunit is one million units. for convenience in normal speech some of these units are not used, instead older, imperial measurements are used. for example some countries use inches, feet, and miles instead of meters and the units derived from the meter.<<
  5. by   P_RN
    n : one thousandth of a standard unit and esp. of an international unit .

    </B>This is used in GYN and in research of epoitin in renal disease.
    But remember an abbreviation is only used if it is acceptable by your facility. The best thing is to never use abbreviations.
  6. by   GingerSue

    I know that milli (whether milligram, millilitre, millimeter) is a thousandth of the measurement term