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 n. A system of units formerly used in physics (now replaced by the SI system), in which the basic units of length, mass and time were respectively centimeter, gram, and second. Abbreviated as cgs or CGS.
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An erg is the unit of energy and mechanical work in the centimetergramsecond (CGS) system of units, symbol "erg".

A dyne is the unit of force in the centimetergramsecond system of measurement.

Infoplease Dictionary says a Poise is, "a centimetergramsecond unit of viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in which a stress of one dyne per square centimeter is required to maintain a difference of velocity of one centimeter per second between two parallel planes in the fluid that lie in the direction of flow and are separated by a distance of one centimeter.

[7] The Infoplease Dictionary says a Poise is, "a centimetergramsecond unit of viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in which a stress of one dyne per square centimeter is required to maintain a difference of velocity of one centimeter per second between two parallel planes in the fluid that lie in the direction of flow and are separated by a distance of one centimeter.
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