Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 649–651

Generic division of ‘quantity’ and related terms

Discussion Forum

DOI: 10.1007/s00769-011-0823-9

Cite this article as:
Dybkaer, R. Accred Qual Assur (2011) 16: 649. doi:10.1007/s00769-011-0823-9


In the slow evolution of the International vocabulary of metrology (VIM), the first concept of ‘quantity’ has now been divided generically into ‘ordinal quantity’ and a coordinate primitive without definition and term. An analysis of the concepts by their characteristics is made, and the nature of inheritance is discussed in response to a recent communication in this journal. A completion of the initiated generic division of ‘quantity’ is suggested, and a neoterm for the sister of ‘ordinal quantity’ is offered on the basis of two proposals.


Characteristic Generic division Quantity Term Unitary quantity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Standardization in Laboratory MedicineREGION H Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen University HospitalFrederiksbergDenmark

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