Pronunciation: (SEN-tih-MEE-ter)

A measure of length in the metric system. There are 100 centimeters in a meter and 2½ centimeters in an inch.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Tumor sizes are often measured in centimeters (cm) or inches. Common food items that can be used to show tumor size in cm include: a pea (1 cm), a peanut (2 cm), a grape (3 cm), a walnut (4 cm), a lime (5 cm or 2 inches), an egg (6 cm), a peach (7 cm), and a grapefruit (10 cm or 4 inches).

2004-01-23 Date last modified: 2007-02-12