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Definition of L

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

L: Abbreviation for liter, a metric measure of capacity that, by definition, is equal to the volume of a kilogram of water at 4 degrees centigrade and at standard atmospheric pressure of 760 millimeters of mercury.

  • Metric equivalents -- There are 1000 cubic centimeters or 1 cubic decimeter in 1 liter.
  • U.S. equivalent -- A liter is a little more than a quart (1.057 U.S. liquid quarts).

The abbreviation for liter can also be written as a lower-case "l". The word "liter" derives from the French "litre" and that, in turn, is derived from the Latin "litra", a pound.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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