What is a "dalton"?

What is a dalton? Is it the same as an atomic mass unit?

A dalton is a unit of mass, defined as 1/12 the mass of a carbon-12 nucleus. It's also called the atomic mass unit, abbreviated as either "amu" or "u". You can convert kg into u using this conversion factor:

1 u = 1.6605655(86) × 10-27 kg

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