a unit of capacity equal to one thousandth of a liter, and equivalent to 0.033815 fluid ounce, or 0.061025 cubic inch. Abbreviation: ml

Nearby words

  1. milligram-hour,
  2. millihenry,
  3. millikan,
  4. millikan, robert andrews,
  5. millilambert,
  6. millilitre,
  7. millilux,
  8. millime,
  9. millimeter,
  10. millimetre

Also especially British, mil·li·li·tre.

Origin of milliliter

From the French word millilitre, dating back to 1800–10. See milli-, liter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for millilitre


US milliliter


one thousandth of a litreSymbol: ml
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Word Origin and History for millilitre



also millilitre, 1802, from French millilitre; see milli- + liter.

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Medicine definitions for millilitre




A unit of volume equal to one thousandth (10-3) of a liter, 1 cubic centimeter, or about 15 minims.

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Science definitions for millilitre



A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the metric system equal to 0.001 liter. See Table at measurement.
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