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centi-

  1. a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede.
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Also especially before a vowel, cent-.

Origin of centi-

< Latin, combining form of centum
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British Dictionary definitions for centi-

centi-

before a vowel cent-

prefix
  1. denoting one hundredthcentimetre Symbol: c
  2. rare denoting a hundredcentipede
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Word Origin for centi-

from French, from Latin centum hundred
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Word Origin and History for centi-

word-forming element meaning "one hundred" or "one hundredth part," used in English from c.1800, from the French metric system, from Latin centi-, comb. form of centum "one hundred" (see hundred).

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centi- in Medicine

centi-

pref.
  1. One-hundredth part (10-2):centiliter.
  2. One hundred (102):centigrade.
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centi- in Science

centi-

  1. A prefix meaning “a hundredth,” as in centigram, a hundredth of a gram.
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