Kupper, Walter E. Mettler Instrument Corporation, Hightstown, New Jersey.
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An instrument for weighing. The word “balance,” derived from the Latin bilanx (“having two pans”), is often used interchangeably with “scale” or “scales” (Old English, meaning dishes or plates). However, balance is the preferred term for an instrument used for the precise measurement of small weights or masses in amounts ranging from micrograms up to a few kilograms (Fig. 1). See also: Mass; Weight
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