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a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words:
centiliter; centimeter; centipede.
Also, especially before a vowel, cent-.
< Latin, combining form of centum Unabridged
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Examples from the web for centi
  • Private-equity people, especially those worth billions or centi-millions, want to be important people as well as rich people.
  • Some of the metric units listed above include prefixes such as kilo, centi, and milli.
British Dictionary definitions for centi


denoting one hundredth: centimetre, c
(rare) denoting a hundred: centipede
Word Origin
from French, from Latin centum hundred
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Word Origin and History for centi


word-forming element meaning "one hundred" or "one hundredth part," used in English from c.1800, from the French metric system, from Latin centi-, comb. form of centum "one hundred" (see hundred).

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centi in Medicine

centi- pref.

  1. One-hundredth part (10-2): centiliter.

  2. One hundred (102): centigrade.

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centi in Science
A prefix meaning "a hundredth," as in centigram, a hundredth of a gram.
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