Math and Arithmetic
Units of Measure

Centimeters when used as a metric prefix means what?

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04/27/2010

The prefix is "centi-". It means "one hundredth" = 1/100 = 0.01

"Centimeter" = One hundredth of a meter = 0.01 meter .

The same prefix can also be used with non-metric quantities. For example . . .

-- when fishing for minnows, they will hit on a 'centiworm' = 0.01 worm

-- a small reddish coin called a "penny" has the value of 1 centidollar, or 1 cent