deci·​li·​ter | \ˈde-sə-ˌlē-tər \

Definition of deciliter 

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

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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 Lead in the blood is typically measured in µg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) or in parts per billion. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Lead isn’t just a big threat to kids. It’s also linked to heart deaths in adults.," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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variants: or chiefly British decilitre \ˈdes-​ə-​ˌlēt-​ər \

Medical Definition of deciliter 

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

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