Also especially British, cen·ti·li·tre.

Origin of centiliter

From the French word centilitre, dating back to 1795–1805. See centi-, liter
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British Dictionary definitions for centilitre


US centiliter

  1. one hundredth of a litre
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Word Origin and History for centilitre



also centilitre, 1801, from French centilitre; see centi- + liter.

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centilitre in Medicine


  1. A unit of volume equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a liter or ten milliliters.
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centilitre in Science


  1. A unit of volume in the metric system equal to 0.01 liter. See Table at measurement.
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