Definition:Metric System/Scaling Prefixes/kilo-

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kilo- is the Système Internationale d'Unités metric scaling prefix denoting a multiplier of $10^3$.


$\mathrm k$

The Système Internationale d'Unités symbol for the metric scaling prefix kilo, denoting $10^{\, 3 }$, is $\mathrm { k }$.

Its $\LaTeX$ code is \mathrm {k} .

Linguistic Note

The prefix kilo- derives from the Greek word χίλιοι (khilioi), which means thousand.