symbols, acronyms & abbreviations


centiliter: centi- + liter, one-hundreth of a liter. Used without a period. A symbol in SI, the International System of Units. Compare cL.



Barry N. Taylor and Ambler Thompson, editors.
The International System of Units (SI) pdf logo
NIST Special Publication 330, 2008 Edition.

“United States version of the English text of the eighth edition (2006) of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures publication Le Système International d’ Unités (SI)” This publication is the definitive guide for the United States, but the ultimate authority is the original, French version. For the symbols for centi-, see page 29. The liter is discussed on page 32.


The CIPM adopted the “l” symbol in 1879 (Process Verbaux, 1879, page 41).


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