a combining form that enters into compounds denoting a unit one-quintillionth (10−18) the size of the unit named by the stem.

Origin of atto-

< Danish or Norwegian att(en) eighteen + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for atto-



denoting 10 –18attotesla Symbol: a

Word Origin for atto-

from Norwegian, Danish atten eighteen
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Word Origin and History for atto-


word-forming element meaning "one quintillionth," 1962, from Danish atten "eighteen" (a quintillion is 10 to the 18th power), related to Old English eahtatene (see eighteen).

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Medicine definitions for atto-



One quintillionth (10-18):attometer.
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