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

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centi- or (before a vowel) cent-
1.  c denoting one hundredth: centimetre
2.  rare denoting a hundred: centipede
[from French, from Latin centum hundred]
cent- or (before a vowel) cent-
[from French, from Latin centum hundred]

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Word Origin & History

comb. form meaning "one hundred," 1810, from the Fr. metric system, from L. centum "one hundred" (see hundred).
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Medical Dictionary

centi- pref.

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

  2. One hundred (102): centigrade.

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A prefix meaning "a hundredth," as in centigram, a hundredth of a gram.
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Example sentences
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.
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