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# What is the difference between milliliters and cubic centimeters?

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The milliliter is based on the liter, which is not a standard unit in the SI system, while the cubic centimeter is a derived unit from the SI standard unit of length, the meter. Both contain the same volume.

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A liter is defined as 1 cubic decimeter. There are 10 centimeters in a decimeter. Thus, the liter is 1,000 cubic centimeters. Using the metric system's prefixes, a milliliter is then 1/1000 liter or 1 cubic centimeter. In the medical field, the cubic centimeter is the common measure of liquids, while in chemistry, the liter or milliliter are the commonly preferred units for volumes.

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One milliliter is equal to one one-thousandth of a liter or 1 cubic centimeter. In U.S. measurements, a milliliter is 0.03 fluid ounces, 0.06 cubic inches or 0.2 teaspoons; in British Imperial units, a milliliter is 0.04 fluid ounces or 0.17 teaspoons. There are roughly 15 to 20 drops of a liquid in 1 milliliter.

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A milliliter is 1/1,000 of a liter, meaning that there are 1,000 milliliters in a liter. A liter is a measurement of volume in the metric system. Converting to different units of volume within the system is easy and generally requires only moving the decimal point.

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The unit that is used to measure force in the SI system of units is the Newton. One Newton is equal to 1 kilogram per meter squared. The standard symbol for Newton is N, and the unit is named after the physicist Isaac Newton, who derived the laws of motion.