Knowing how to abbreviate weights in both the Imperial and Metric systems can be challenging. There are usually several different ways to abbreviate these weights and you want to make sure that you’re abbreviating them in the right way. Below we cover how to abbreviate some of the most popular weights in both systems.

## How Do You Abbreviate Tons?

**Tons can be abbreviated as:**

**T****T.**

A ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds. It is derived from the tun, the term applied to a cask of the largest capacity, which would weight approximately 2,000 pounds. Tons are typically only used to measure very heavy objects that weigh greater than 1T.

## How Do You Abbreviate Pounds?

**The word pounds can be abbreviated as: **

**lb****lb.****lbs (plural)**

The term “pound” is descended from the Roman libra (hence the abbreviation “lb”) which was equivalent to approximately 328.9 grams. Pounds are one of the most common measurements of mass in the United States and British imperial system of measurements.

## How Do You Abbreviate Ounces?

**You abbreviate the word ounces with: oz or oz.**

16 ounces make a pound. Ounces are commonly paired with pounds to express units of mass in the United States and British imperial systems of measurement.

### What’s the Difference Between a Fluid Ounce vs an Ounce (fl oz vs oz)?

The main difference between **a fluid ounce and an ounce is that a fluid ounce measures fluids while a plain ounce measures a solid substance.** A fluid ounce (fl oz) measures volume of a liquid while an ounce (oz) measures the weight of a dry solid.

**1 fluid ounce of water (fl oz) equals 1.04 ounces of water (oz) weight.**

## How Do You Abbreviate Metric Ton?

**You abbreviate the word metric ton with: Mg (for megagram) or t**

A metric ton is equivalent to 1,000 kilograms.

## How Do You Abbreviate Kilogram?

**Kilogram can be abbreviated as: **

**kg****kilo**

A kilogram is equivalent to 1,000 grams and is a very common unit of mass measurement in the metric system. The kilogram was originally defined in 1795 as the mass of one litre of water. The word kilogramme or kilogram is derived from the French kilogramme.

## How Do You Abbreviate Hectogram?

**You abbreviate the word hectogram with: hg**

A hectogram is equivalent to 100 grams.

## How Do You Abbreviate Dekagrams?

**You abbreviate the word dekagrams with: dag**

A dekagram is equivalent to 10 grams.

## How Do You Abbreviate Gram?

**You abbreviate the word gram with: g**

A gram is equivalent to 1,000 milligrams. Grams are one of the most common units of mass in the metric system.

## How Do You Abbreviate Decigrams?

**You abbreviate the word decigrams with: dg**

10 decigrams is equivalent to a gram.

## How Do You Abbreviate Centigram?

**You abbreviate the word centigram with: cg**

A centigram is equivalent to 10 milligrams.

## How Do You Abbreviate Milligram?

**You abbreviate the word milligram with: mg**

1,000 milligrams is equivalent to a gram.