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# Which is larger, CM or MM?

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A centimeter is larger than a millimeter. In the metric system, 1 centimeter is equal to 10 millimeters. To find the answer, one also can compare both of these measurements to the meter.

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Using a metric conversion table, one finds that 1 centimeter is equal to 1/100 of a meter. Likewise, 1 millimeter equals 1/1,000 of a meter. It is evident that a centimeter is bigger than a millimeter.

One also can convert from the metric system to the imperial system to make this comparison in inches. Using conversion tables, one finds that 1 centimeter is equal to 0.3937 inches, and 1 millimeter equals 0.03937 inches. The comparison of these values also shows that a centimeter is bigger.

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One centimeter is equal to 10 millimeters. It is also equal to 0.1 decimeter and 0.01 meter. One kilometer contains 100,000 centimeters. Millimeters, decimeters, centimeters, meters and kilometers are all units of length in the metric system.

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When measuring the length of a pencil, centimeters are used rather than millimeters because a pencil is more than a centimeter long. Millimeters are used when measuring lengths that are less than a centimeter, such as a pencil's width.

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