- a combining form used in the names of units of measure equal to one quadrillion (1015) of a given base unit: petabyte.
Origin of peta-
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Examples from the Web for peta
You may be forgiven for reading that sign and assuming that PETA suggests milk causes autism.Twisted Anti-Vaxxer Parents Choose Fatal Diseases Over Autism
July 1, 2014
He tells me about the absurdity of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and PETA.Should Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Go Free?
June 28, 2014
As recently reported by The Daily Beast, PETA has launched a campaign that tries to link milk consumption and autism.
It seems that PETA was unhappy to have had its revamped campaign debunked.
PETA, whose headquarters are based in Detroit, is encouraging people to donate their goods.Cara Delevingne Tops 2013 Google Searches; PETA Distributes Fur Coats
The Fashion Beast Team
December 18, 2013
Peta, a species of Myrtus, of which hoops for barrels are made.
Peta Nocona, the old chief's young son, rode my mother at the head of the Quahadas.Star
Forrestine C. Hooker
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
- denoting 10 15petametres Symbol: P
C20: so named because it is the SI prefix after tera-; on the model of penta-, the prefix after tetra-
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Word Origin and History for peta
acronym for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; the group’s website says it was founded in 1980.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One quadrillion (1015):petagram.
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- A prefix that means:
- One quadrillion (1015), as in petahertz, one quadrillion hertz.
- 250 (that is, 1,125,899,906,842,624), which is the power of two closest to a quadrillion, as in petabyte.
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