How Many Centimeters Are in a Meter Stick?

One metre (39.37 inches) in length, the metre stick contains 100 centimetres. A centimetre is equivalent to one hundredth of a metre in comparison.

The word centimetre, taken from the French word centimètre in the late 18th century, is derived from the Latin root centum, which means “hundred,” and the Greek root metron, which means “measure.” The metre became the official unit of length measurement for the metric system, which was initially adopted in France in the middle of the 19th century, and afterwards in many other countries. As with other prefixes, “centi-” was chosen to denote decimally smaller increments of the metre.

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