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Unit has several definitions in the field of medicine.
1. The number “one.” In other words, a unit can mean a single item, thing, or person.
2. A group of persons or things considered to be a whole because of common activities or functions.
3. An amount that has been specified as a standard of measurement, weight, or any type of scale or system that is formed by multiplication or fractions. An example would be a gram, which is a small unit of weight.
4. An area of a hospital that has personnel and equipment that are capable of treating patients with a particular condition, illness, or other common problem. For example, some hospital have a burn unit where burn victims are treated and care for. Most well known, however, is the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The ICU is an area of a hospital in which patients with life threatening medical problems of sudden onset are placed for close monitoring and constant, complicated, detailed nursing and medical care.
5. A specific amount of a substance that is needed to produce a desired effect. In this sense, unit is abbreviated as "U." A unit's value will differ depending on the type of substance (such as a medication) that it is being used to describe. Unit comes from the Latin word "unus" meaning "one."