cm (centimeter)

A unit of measure in the metric system which is 1/100'th of a meter. There are 2.54 centimeters (cms) in one inch. The centimeter is commonly used in medicine to state the size of objects or distance between points. It may seem senseless to define a centimeter in a medical dictionary but in North American medicine (and medicine everywhere) today, length measurements are usually expressed in such metric units and not in inches or feet.

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  • centimeter-gram-second — [sen′tə mēt΄ərgram′sek′ənd, sän′tə mēt΄ərgram′sek′ənd] adj. designating or of a system of measurement in which the centimeter, gram, and second are the units of length, mass, and time, respectively: abbrev. CGS: see the table of weights and… …   English World dictionary

  • Centimeter — Cen ti*me ter, Centimetre Cen ti*me tre, n. [F. centim[ e]tre; centi (L. centum) + m[ e]tre. See {Meter}.] The hundredth part of a meter; a measure of length equal to rather more than thirty nine hundredths (0.3937) of an inch. See {Meter}. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Centimĕter — (lat.), Gedicht, das aus 100 Versarten besteht, z.B. das Lehrgedicht des Terentianus Maurus De literis, syllabis pedibus ac metris …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • centimeter-gram-second — or chiefly Brit centimetre gram second also centimetre gramme second adj CGS …   Medical dictionary

  • centimeter — 1801, from Fr. centimètre (18c.), coined from L. centum hundred (see HUNDRED (Cf. hundred)) + Fr. mètre (see METER (Cf. meter) (n.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • centimeter — [sen′tə mēt΄ər, sän′tə ēt΄ər] n. [Fr centimètre: see CENTI & METER1] one hundredth of a meter (0.3937 inch): abbrev. cm: Brit. sp. centimetre …   English World dictionary

  • céntiméter — tra m (ẹ̑ ẹ̄) 1. dolžinska mera, stotina metra: nekaj centimetrov oddaljen; pet centimetrov [5 cm] dolga rana / kubični, kvadratni centimeter / ekspr. tudi za centimeter se ni premaknil prav nič 2. trak za merjenje z označenimi centimetri, dolg …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • centimeter — (cm)    1. the basic unit of distance in the CGS version of the metric system, equal to 0.01 meter. One centimeter is about 0.393 700 787 inch.    2. an obsolete name for the statfarad (approximately 1.11 picofarad), the CGS electrostatic unit of …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • Centimeter (cm) — A unit of measure in the metric system which is 1/100 th of a meter. There are 2.54 centimeters (cms) in one inch. The centimeter is commonly used in medicine to state the size of objects or distance between points. It may seem senseless to… …   Medical dictionary

  • centimeter-gram-second — adjective : of, relating to, or being a system of units based upon the centimeter as the unit of length, the gram as the unit of mass, and the mean solar second as the unit of time abbr. cgs * * * /sen teuh mee teuhr gram sek euhnd/, adj. of or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centimeter-gram-second — adjective Date: 1875 of, relating to, or being a system of units based on the centimeter as the unit of length, the gram as the unit of mass, and the second as the unit of time abbreviation cgs …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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