deci·​li·​ter | \ ˈde-sə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce deciliter (audio) \

Definition of deciliter

: a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀ liter — see Metric System Table

Examples of deciliter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her blood lead levels tested at 4 micrograms per deciliter of lead, just below the 5 microgram level., "Children were at risk so Detroit promised to halt demolitions. But that didn't happen.," 7 June 2019 In 2018, the most recent year for which data is publicly available, 14% or 99 of the 706 children under age 6 tested in 48204 had blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter., "Children were at risk so Detroit promised to halt demolitions. But that didn't happen.," 7 June 2019 Last month, researchers from Spain reported that patients who died in hospitals in March and April on average had zinc blood levels of 43 micrograms per deciliter; survivors had 63. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Trump Takes Zinc. Maybe You Should Too," 5 Oct. 2020 Zinc levels of those 249 people were 61 micrograms per deciliter, on average, when they were admitted to the hospital. Karen Pallarito,, "Can Zinc Help Prevent Severe Illness From COVID-19? Here's What a New Study Says," 23 Sep. 2020 A year after treatment, patients in BioMarin’s clinical trial had Factor VIII levels of 64.3 international units per deciliter on average. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Wary hemophilia patients say they’re willing to wait longer for a safe gene therapy," 20 Aug. 2020 According to a 2013 study of nearly 95,000 children in China, 24 percent had blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter, 16 percent higher than the global average. Anuradha Varanasi, Wired, "India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk," 6 June 2020 The child vomited on the way to the emergency room; doctors found the child had a blood alcohol level of 273 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), much higher than the legal limit for driving a car, which is 80 mg/dL in most states. Fox News, "Poison control sees spike in calls for cleaner, disinfectant accidents amid COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 Weimer’s ethanol levels measured at 0.238 grams per deciliter and above, according to the toxicology findings. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot in Girdwood plane crash that killed 4 was drinking alcohol before flight, report says," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deciliter

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deciliter

French décilitre, from déci- + litre liter

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The first known use of deciliter was in 1801

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7 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deciliter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British decilitre \ ˈdes-​ə-​ˌlēt-​ər How to pronounce deciliter (audio) \

Medical Definition of deciliter

: a metric unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀ liter

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