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

The lowest measurements occurred in May and June, when the participants’ total cholesterol was, on average, 197 milligrams per deciliter, and LDL was 108 milligrams. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "High Cholesterol? It Must Be January," 18 Jan. 2019 Because there is no safe level of lead, even those children whose lead levels are below the official threshold — set at 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood — may see health impacts down the line. For Thornton, that concern is highly personal. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2015, a little over 3 percent of children tested nationwide had 5 micrograms per deciliter or more of lead in their blood. Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner,, "Cleveland kids still poisoned by lead at 4 times the national average, state data shows," 21 Mar. 2018 The children tested positive for lead levels of 5 to 9 micrograms per deciliter, the minimum amount for which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that localities intervene. New York Times, "820 Children Under 6 in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 1 July 2018 That standard requires a child have two tests, taken six months apart, in which the lead level is less than 15 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee failed to protect lead-poisoned children by massive neglect and missteps," 31 May 2018 That means that 28% of the 37,461 traffic fatalities in 2016 involved drivers with blood-alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dl) or higher, the legal limit for driving under the influence or while impaired in all 50 states. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive; afternoon rush hour worse than morning," 26 May 2018 In Cleveland, over the past two years, the number of children tested with levels above 10 micrograms per deciliter increased slightly. Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner,, "Cleveland kids still poisoned by lead at 4 times the national average, state data shows," 21 Mar. 2018 His blood came back positive for lead at a rate of 35 micrograms per deciliter. Deborah Bloom, CNN, "The woman risking her life to save a village from lead poisoning," 20 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'deciliter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of deciliter

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deciliter

French décilitre, from déci- + litre liter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about deciliter

Statistics for deciliter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for deciliter

The first known use of deciliter was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for deciliter


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

Medical Definition of deciliter

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

More from Merriam-Webster on deciliter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with deciliter

Comments on deciliter

What made you want to look up deciliter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!