Definition:Centimetre/Cubic Centimetre

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Cubic Centimetre

The cubic centimetre is the CGS unit of volume.

It is defined as the volume contained by a cube whose edges are $1$ centimetre long.

Conversion Factors

\(\ds \) \(\) \(\ds 1\) cubic centimetre
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds 1\) millilitre
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds 10^{-3}\) litre


$\mathrm {cm^3}$

The symbol for the cubic centimetre is $\mathrm {cm^3}$.

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\mathrm {cm^3}\) is \mathrm {cm^3} .

Linguistic Note

The spelling centimetre is the one adopted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Centimeter is the variant used in standard American English.

See the linguistic note on metre.

Linguistic Note on Centi-

The prefix centi- derives from the Latin centum, which means hundred.