- a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede.
Also especially before a vowel, cent-.
Origin of centi-
< Latin, combining form of centum
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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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One-hundredth part (10-2):centiliter.
- One hundred (102):centigrade.
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- A prefix meaning a hundredth, as in centigram, a hundredth of a gram.
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