avoirdupois[av′ər də po̵iz′]
- avoirdupois weight
- ☆ Informal heaviness or weight, esp. of a person
Origin: ME aver de poiz < OFr aveir de peis < aveir, goods (< L habere, to have) + de (< L de), of + peis (< L pensum), weight
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- Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
- Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
Origin: Middle English avoir de pois, commodities sold by weight, alteration of Old French aveir de peis, goods of weight : aveir, avoir, to have (from Latin habēre; see able) + de, of (from Latin dē, from; see de-) + peis, pois, weight (from Vulgar Latin *pēsum, from Latin pēnsum, past participle of pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).
avoirdupois - Medical Definition