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milli-

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  1. a combining form meaning “thousand” (millipede): in the metric system, used in the names of units equal to one thousandth of the given base unit (millimeter).
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Origin of milli-

< French < Latin, combining form of mille thousand
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British Dictionary definitions for milli-

milli-

prefix
  1. denoting 10 –3millimetre Symbol: m
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Word Origin

from French, from Latin mille thousand, this meaning being maintained in words borrowed from Latin (millipede)
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Word Origin and History for milli-

word-forming element meaning "thousandth part of a metric unit," from comb. form of Latin mille "thousand" (see million).

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milli- in Medicine

milli-

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  1. One thousandth (10-3):millisecond.
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milli- in Science

milli-

  1. A prefix that means “one thousandth,” as in millimeter, one thousandth of a meter.
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