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dyne (dĪn) [key], 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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