divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius ( def 1 ). Abbreviation: cent. Symbol: C

1805–15; < French; see centi-, -grade

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centigrade (ˈsɛntɪˌɡreɪd)
1.  a former name for Celsius
2.  a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade
usage  Although still used in meteorology, centigrade, when indicating the Celsius scale of temperature, is now usually avoided because of its possible confusion with the hundredth part of a grade

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1812, coined from L. centum "hundred" (see hundred) + gradus "degree" (see grade).
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centigrade cen·ti·grade (sěn'tĭ-grād')

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centigrade   (sěn'tĭ-grād')  Pronunciation Key 
See Celsius.

Our Living Language  : Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning 1/100 , scientists agreed to stop using the term centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.
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centigrade definition

The Celsius temperature scale.

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Example sentences
Temperatures in the region routinely sink below zero degrees centigrade.
The temperature for that stroll was minus-38 centigrade.
Legionella becomes capable of causing disease only when it grows at high temperatures, above twenty degrees centigrade.
Scientists have known for many years that you can cool liquid water well below zero degrees centigrade without it freezing.
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