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[mil-uh-mee-ter] /ˈmɪl əˌmi tər/
a unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter and equivalent to 0.03937 inch.
Abbreviation: mm.
Also, especially British, millimetre.
Origin of millimeter
From the French word millimètre, dating back to 1800-10. See milli-, meter1
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[mil-uh-me-trik] /ˌmɪl əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
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  • The arms are then extended along the cross rod which is marked with a millimetric scale.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • The curves are measured by means of the millimetric tape; the diameters by means of the calipers.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
Word Origin and History for millimetric



also millimetre, 1802, from French millimetre; see milli- + meter (n.2).

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millimetric in Medicine

millimeter mil·li·me·ter (mĭl'ə-mē'tər)

Abbr. mm A unit of length equal to one thousandth (10-3) of a meter (0.0394 inch).

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millimetric in Science
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.001 meter. See Table at measurement.
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