mil·​li·​li·​ter | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌlē-tər \

Definition of milliliter

: a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ liter — see Metric System Table

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The Institute of Medicine recommended a diagnosis be made only for people who have less than 20 nanograms of the vitamin per milliliter of blood, but labs and other professional groups use higher cutoffs. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Millions of Americans take vitamin D. Most should just stop.," 9 Oct. 2018 Additionally, although the measurement of different alcoholic drinks portions varies across the world, for the purpose of accuracy in research, the study defined an alcoholic drink as 10 grams or 12 milliliters of alcohol. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Alcohol Does Not Have Health Benefits," 24 Aug. 2018 Once sperm are lowered to a specific number per milliliter of semen, pregnancy becomes nearly impossible. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "A Brief Timeline of Scientists Promising a Birth-Control Pill for Men," 3 Apr. 2018 The label instructions provide dosing instructions in milliliters, while the cups instead show teaspoons. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Check If Your Children’s Advil Was Recalled," 28 Aug. 2018 For early cancer detection, when cancer cells are scarce, a chip needs to be able to process about 10 to 20 milliliters of blood. Rachel Feltman, Popular Mechanics, "A New Microchip for Early Cancer Detection," 4 Apr. 2013 On May 25, for example, SARA’s measurement of the most probable number of E. coli bacteria in the creek was over 400 bacteria per 100 milliliters, twice as much as the state’s standard of 206 for wading. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "Swimming barred, but is wading safe?," 10 June 2018 Each Alyne underpant is designed to hold two full bladders — which totals about 500 to 600 milliliters in healthy bladders. Diane Mastrull,, "Dignity in incontinence? This Philly-area start-up thinks it has the (secret) formula," 21 Mar. 2018 Creator’s burger-making robot is a long stretch of sleek machinery, with 350 sensors, 50 actuators, and 20 computers to ensure every sauce is dispensed down to the milliliter and every spice down to the gram. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The World’s First Entirely Robot-Crafted Burger Is Here. This Is Exactly How It’s Made," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of milliliter

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milliliter

French millilitre, from milli- + litre liter

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The first known use of milliliter was circa 1810

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English Language Learners Definition of milliliter

: a measure of capacity equal to 1/1000 liter


mil·​li·​li·​ter | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌlē-tər \

Kids Definition of milliliter

: a unit of capacity equal to 1/1000 liter


variants: or chiefly British millilitre \ ˈmil-​ə-​ˌlēt-​ər \

Medical Definition of milliliter

: one thousandth of a liter abbreviation ml

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