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 As of 2021, the CDC estimated that 2.5% of US children between one and five years old still have blood lead levels at or above 3.5 micrograms per deciliter. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 16 June 2022 Under current law, parental notifications aren’t required unless a child’s blood lead level is 5 micrograms per deciliter or higher. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 That calculation defines lead poisoning as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood in a child’s body., 23 Mar. 2022 Although normal testosterone levels can vary widely among men (around 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter), only female athletes are subjected to such tests. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 The current blood-lead value that would trigger clinical concern and case management is 3.5 micrograms per deciliter, said study lead author Aaron Reuben, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Duke University. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 The team behind the study used gas consumption data, population estimates and other data to calculate that as of 2015, more than 170 million Americans had had blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter in their early childhood years. NBC News, 7 Mar. 2022 Utah is the only state in the nation to set the red line below .08 grams per deciliter, which is standard nationwide. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if a child’s blood has 3.5 or more micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, that warrants a public health intervention. Ariel Hart, ajc, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Deciliter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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