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Weight and Height Measurements


For abbreviations do we pluralize “pounds” and “ounces” as lbs and ozs?
Is 1 or 2 correct below?

1) The infant weighed 8lbs 5ozs.
2) The infant weighed 8lb 5oz.

And would we pluralize the abbreviation “inches” as “ins”?
3 or 4 below?

3) He stood 5ft 10ins tall.
4) He stood 5ft 10in tall.

Thank you


  • Hello @mgoronsky582

    In scientific publications, units of measurement are almost never pluralized when abbreviated. Arguably, this should remain true for general use, as well. You should therefore write "lb."

    The abbreviation "lb" comes from the Latin libra, which is itself short for libra pondo, or "pound weight."

    I hope this helps.

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