100 centimetres are contained on a metre measuring stick, which is one metre (39.37 inches) long. In comparison, one centimetre equals one hundredth of a metre.
The term centimetre is derived from the Latin root “centum,” which means “hundred,” and the Greek root “metron,” which means “measure.” It is taken from the late 18th-century French word “centimetre.” The metre became the standard unit of length for the metric system, which was initially introduced in France in the middle of the nineteenth century and then widely adopted in the latter half of the century. The prefix “centi-” was used, along with others, to designate decimally smaller metre increments.
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