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Question from Sherrie, a parent:

How many centimeters equal one meter?

H Sherrie,

The prefix centi comes from the latin word centum which means one hundred. This term has come over to English where we use cent for the coin which is a hundredth of a dollar. The prefix centi in the metric system also refers to a hundredth. There are 100 centimeters in a meter, 100 centiliters in a liter and 100 centigrams in a gram.

I hope this helps,

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