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Kilo

Kilo is an SI prefix in the SI system of units denoting 103 or 1000 (e.g. kilogram is 1000 grams, kilometer is 1000 meters, kilowatt is 1000 watts, kilojoule is 1000 joules).
Adopted in 1795, it comes from the Greek χίλιοι, meaning thousand.
Kilo is often used by itself as an abbreviation for kilogram. Also, technical people often use the term k, pronounced like the letter, to refer to a thousand of something, especially units of money or population. On the other hand, the kilometer is sometimes informally abbreviated to k; in this context it is widely used in the United States in reference to running races (e.g. 10k). "Click" or "klick" can also be heard in informal usage, especially in the U.S. military.
Abbreviation: k


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