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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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A centimeter is the equivalent of 25/64 inch, and 3 centimeters is the equivalent of 1 3/16 inches. Centimeters are the smallest unit of the metric system, which is a widely used measurement system that has been adopted around the globe. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that has yet to adopt the metric system as its own, although it was officially sanctioned for use in 1866.

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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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To convert centimeters to feet and inches, multiply the number of inches by the conversion factor of 0.3937 inches per centimeter. That will supply the number in inches, which can be divided by 12 to supply the number in feet and inches.