Definition of centesimal in US English:



  • Relating to division into hundredths.

    • ‘In the centesimal system of potentisation, one drop of the raw material is diluted or dissolved in 99 drops of the dilutant.’
    • ‘As a rule it is sufficient to give per day three doses of 5 drops of the 6th centesimal potency.’
    • ‘We therefore calculated this variable as the difference between mean breeding latitude and mean wintering latitude (in centesimal degrees).’
    • ‘Most classical homeopathic practitioners use the centesimal scale of potencies, although a few use the millesimal.’
    • ‘In this method a single pellet dose of the centesimal potency is used as long as the patient is improving even in the slightest manner.’


Early 19th century: from Latin centesimus ‘hundredth’, from centum ‘a hundred’.