a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede.
Words nearby centi-
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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Medical definitions for centi-
One-hundredth part (10-2):centiliter.
One hundred (102):centigrade.
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Scientific definitions for centi-
A prefix meaning a hundredth, as in centigram, a hundredth of a gram.
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