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 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 The other half got 10 milliliters of formula at the end of each breast-feeding session, which was discontinued when the mothers’ milk came in two to seven days later. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Adding Formula to Breast-Feeding May Help Some Newborns," 15 Mar. 2018 This wasn’t easy either; the semen is of poor quality, and there isn’t much of it — just 300 milliliters, or a little more than one cup. Deborah Netburn,, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 The focus is on containers holding at least 350 milliliters of powder, which is about the size of a can of soda. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Summer flying guide: How to cope with record crowds," 26 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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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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