a combining form used in the names of units of measure equal to one quadrillion (1015) of a given base unit: petabyte.
Origin of peta-
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British Dictionary definitions for peta-
denoting 10 15petametres Symbol: P
Word Origin for peta-
C20: so named because it is the SI prefix after tera-; on the model of penta-, the prefix after tetra-
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Medicine definitions for peta-
One quadrillion (1015):petagram.
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Science definitions for peta-
A prefix that means:
One quadrillion (1015), as in petahertz, one quadrillion hertz.
250 (that is, 1,125,899,906,842,624), which is the power of two closest to a quadrillion, as in petabyte.
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