a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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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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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