deci·​li·​ter ˈde-sə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce deciliter (audio)
: a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀ liter see Metric System Table

Examples of deciliter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The average for the surrounding area was higher, 3.3 micrograms per deciliter. Martin Schiavenato, The Conversation, 30 Aug. 2023 How kombucha might affect blood sugar After four weeks of drinking kombucha, people went from an average blood sugar level of 164 milligrams per deciliter to 116, which falls well within the American Diabetes Association’s healthy range recommendations. Popular Science, 3 Aug. 2023 High total cholesterol is anything 240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or higher, and blood pressure should be 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or below. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2023 By 2012, the CDC guidelines were updated to reflect that the acceptable level was less than 5 micrograms per deciliter. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 While the study aimed to get all men to a blood testosterone level of between 350 nanograms per deciliter and 750 ng/dl, most remained below 350 and some even below the levels of men receiving placebos. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 In the study, men had to have testosterone levels that were below a normal level of 300 nanograms per deciliter to participate. Matthew Herper Reprints, STAT, 16 June 2023 Lead experts in the United States say workers whose lead level reaches 30 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood should be removed from the source of the metal. Steve Fisher Alejandro Cegarra, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 The most recent data of its kind estimates that nearly 40 percent of men over age 45 are certifiably low in testosterone, which generally means their level of the hormone is at or below 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood, the threshold established by the American Urological Association. Andrew Zaleski, Men's Health, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


French décilitre, from déci- + litre liter

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deciliter was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Deciliter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


deci·​li·​ter ˈdes-ə-ˌlēt-ər How to pronounce deciliter (audio)
: a unit of capacity equal to ⅒ liter see metric system

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British decilitre
: a metric unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀ liter
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