one 100th of a gram, equivalent to 0.1543 grain. Abbreviation: cg

Also especially British, cen·ti·gramme.

Origin of centigram

From the French word centigramme, dating back to 1795–1805. See centi-, -gram2
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Historical Examples of centigram

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British Dictionary definitions for centigram




one hundredth of a gram
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Word Origin and History for centigram

also centigramme, 1801, from French centigramme; see centi- + gram.

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centigram in Medicine




A metric unit of mass equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a gram.
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centigram in Science



A unit of weight in the metric system equal to 0.01 gram. See Table at measurement.
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