Definition of

# Centimeter

In order to understand the meaning of the term **centimeter** It is necessary, first of all, to know its etymological origin. Specifically, we can establish that it is a word made up of two with different roots:

-Latin noun *centum*which can be translated as “one hundred”.

-The Greek word *metron*which is synonymous with “measure”.

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## The centimeter as a unit of length

A **centimeter** is a unit of **length** Which is equivalent to **0.01 meters** (ie, to one hundredth of a meter). Its symbol is **cm**.

For example: *“The doctor told me that my baby is already 70 centimeters”*, *“The accident left a 30 centimeter scar on my left leg”*, *“Could you move your chair a few inches? So I can pass”*.

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## some equivalencies

In the same way, we cannot ignore that there are other important equivalences of the centimeter such as the following:

-10 millimeters.

-0.1 decimeters.

-0.001 decameter.

-0.000 1 hectometre.

-0.0000 1 kilometer.

-0.000001 miriameter.

See also: Flexometer

## The centimeter to express distances

As a unit of length, the centimeter allows us to express the **distance** that exists between two points. It is a **derived unit** of the basic unit of length, which is the meter. Specifically, the centimeter is a **submultiple of the meter**.

Going back to the first of the examples mentioned above, if someone claims that their baby measures **70 centimeters**you will be referring to the fact that, from the sole of the foot to the end of his head, the child has said measure (equivalent to **0.70 meters**). This is the distance between the two ends of the **body** of the infant

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## Curiosities related to the measurement of the human being

Some curiosities in relation to centimeters are the following:

-Human hair grows between 1.1 and 1.3 centimeters per month. This means that a year it grows around 14.4 centimeters.

-Hand nails grow, approximately, an average of 0.4 centimeters per month. Meanwhile, the toenails do it at an average of 0.15 centimeters per month.

-Any food that is eaten by humans travels 900 centimeters from when it is in the mouth until it ends up being expelled.

-The smallest man in the world throughout history, according to the data available, has been Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measures 55.8 centimeters. And so he is accredited in the Guinness Record Book. He is a 72 year old Nepali.

-On the contrary, the tallest man in the world is Sultan Kosen, who measures 2.5 meters, that is, 250 centimeters.

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## square and cubic centimeters

The **idea** square centimeters, for its part, alludes to the measurement of a surface (the extension of something in width and length). A square of cloth **5 square centimeters**to cite one case, measures 5 centimeters wide and 5 centimeters long.

The **cubic centimeters**on the other hand, are a unit of **volume**: measure three dimensions (width, length, and height). A bottle can have a capacity of **350 cubic centimeters**.

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## the tape measure

In some **countries**finally, centimeter is called to the **measuring tape**which is a flexible element that has a scale divided into centimeters.

This tape is used for measuring lengths. Due to its flexibility, it can be used to measure different types of objects.

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