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From this sentence I read:


How am I supposed to pronounce μ秒 ? Should I pronounce it as "mu byou"? or "micro byou"? I also looked up μm (micrometer) and found that it is マイクロメートル. I found a few other ones that are just loanwords like マイクロアンペア for μA. Can this convention be applied to 秒 as well?

Is there a convention to use with other measurements too? For example "pico", "nano", "femto"?

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μ秒 should be pronounced ma-i-ku-ro-byo-u. So 100μ秒 is pronounced hya-ku-ma-i-ku-ro-byo-u. For other units: ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  Teno Oct 3 '12 at 17:49
@Teno: It looks like 秒 is the only one that is not a loanword from the looks of that page. –  Chris Harris Oct 3 '12 at 18:03
@Teno: please make than an answer. I've seen several of your comments that should really be answers (plus it'll earn you rep). –  istrasci Oct 3 '12 at 19:03
@Chris Oh, that's an interesting discovery. I intended to refer to SI接頭辞 though. @istrasci Thanks, I wasn't sure about it actually since I've also read μ only in letter. –  Teno Oct 4 '12 at 3:05

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μ as a character (記号) would be pronounced ミュー. But when used as a measurement I would agree with @Teno 's findings that it will be pronounced マイクロ, based off of the link he provided.

If you take a look at the Wikipedia page for 秒 you'll find that they write out マイクロ秒 on the page (though not in direct relation to μ秒), http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/秒.

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