# ››Measurement unit: centimeter^3

Full name: cubic centimetre

Plural form: cubic centimeters

Symbol: cm3

Alternate spelling: cc

Category type: volume

Scale factor: 1.0E-6

# ››SI unit: cubic meter

The SI derived unit for volume is the cubic meter.
1 cubic meter is equal to 1000000 centimeter^3.

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# ››Definition: Cubic centimeter

A cubic centimetre (cm3) is equal to the volume of a cube with side length of 1 centimetre. It was the base unit of volume of the CGS system of units, and is a legitimate SI unit. It is equal to a millilitre (ml).

The colloquial abbreviations cc and ccm are not SI but are common in some contexts. It is a verbal shorthand for "cubic centimetre". For example 'cc' is commonly used for denoting displacement of car and motorbike engines "the Mini Cooper had a 1275 cc engine". In medicine 'cc' is also common, for example "100 cc of blood loss".