a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede.

Nearby words

  1. centers for disease control,
  2. centerville,
  3. centesimal,
  4. centesimo,
  5. centesis,
  6. centiare,
  7. centibar,
  8. centigrade,
  9. centigram,
  10. centile

Also especially before a vowel, cent-.

Origin of centi-

< Latin, combining form of centum

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British Dictionary definitions for centi-


before a vowel cent-


denoting one hundredthcentimetre Symbol: c
rare denoting a hundredcentipede

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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Medicine definitions for centi-



One-hundredth part (10-2):centiliter.
One hundred (102):centigrade.

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Science definitions for centi-


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