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dyne (dīn), unit of force in the cgs system of units, which is based on the metric system; an acceleration of 1 centimeter per second per second is produced when a force of 1 dyne is exerted on a mass of 1 gram. In terms of the newton, the force unit in the mks system, 1 dyne equals 0.00001 newtons.
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The unit of force in the centimeter-gram-second system of units, equal to the force which imparts an acceleration of 1 cm/s2 to a 1 gram mass.
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dyneA unit of force in the CGS system. It is the force required to accelerate one gram by one centimeter per second squared.
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