Abbreviations for Measurements

Abbreviations for Measurements


I am looking to find out if Spanish abbreviates units of measure, specifically whether "lb" is used for "libra," as in 50 libras. It is not a question of converting to kilos - that won't work for this.

Thanks! Kristy

updated DIC 14, 2009
posted by Kristy-Nolan

1 Answer


Hi Kristy,

You might want to notice that the word libra is exactly the same as the Latin word from which the abbreviation lb. stems from. While most Spanish-speaking nations (along with much of the rest of the world) have officially adopted the metric system, it actually makes more sense to use the abbreviation with Spanish than it does to use with the English equivalent "pounds."

Here is a link that you might find useful regarding abbreviations such as these:

Equivalencias y Abreviaturas

updated DIC 14, 2009
posted by Izanoni1
That was exactly what I needed to know - thanks! I kind of thought it might be similar, but didn't want to guess. Appreciate the help. -Kristy - Kristy-Nolan, DIC 14, 2009
Anytime...glad I could help - Izanoni1, DIC 14, 2009
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