mil·​li·​li·​ter ˈmi-lə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce milliliter (audio)
: a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ liter see Metric System Table

Examples of milliliter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers predict that pasteurization may be effective at killing as many as one trillion viral particles per milliliter. Lauren J. Young, Scientific American, 2 July 2024 Parson cited an estimate that 3 nanograms per milliliter would be deadly for a baby of Winter’s age and weight, meaning that Winter’s blood had nearly 25 times the lethal amount. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, 14 June 2024 The toxicology report found Justin had 25 nanograms per milliliter in his blood. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 Based on this evidence, the committee concluded that the bone-strengthening benefits of vitamin D plateau when blood levels (as measured by a standard vitamin D blood test) reach 12 to 16 nanograms per milliliter. Christie Aschwanden, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for milliliter 

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Word History


French millilitre, from milli- + litre liter

First Known Use

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milliliter was circa 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Milliliter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


mil·​li·​li·​ter ˈmil-ə-ˌlēt-ər How to pronounce milliliter (audio)
: a measure of capacity equal to ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ liter see metric system

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British millilitre
: one thousandth of a liter
abbreviation ml

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