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CGS is the centimetre-gram-second standard system of units of measurement.

This system is rarely used nowadays, the SI units having largely taken over.

CGS Base Units

CGS base units
Name Unit symbol Dimension Symbol
centimetre $\mathrm{cm}$ Length $l$
gram $\mathrm g$ Mass $m$
second $\mathrm s$ Time $t$

CGS Derived Units


The dyne is the CGS unit of force:

$1 \ \mathrm{dyn} = 1 \ \mathrm g \ \mathrm{cm} \ \mathrm s^{-2}$

Also see