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# How many centimeters are in a meter?

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A meter has 100 centimeters. In the metric system, all units are based on groups of tens. With length, the base unit is the meter.

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"Centi" actually means 100. The prefix before meter tells how much bigger or smaller the unit is than the meter. Some of the units are millimeters, centimeters, decimeters, meters, decameters, hectometers and kilometers. Millimeters, centimeters and decimeters are all smaller than meters and decameters, hectometers and kilometers are all larger; each level goes up or down by a factor of 10. Therefore, 1 meter equals 10 decimeters, which equals 100 centimeters and 1,000 millimeters. Like "centi" refers to 100, "deci" means 10, "milli" means one thousand and so on.

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