NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,919 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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nanometer
(NA-noh-MEE-ter)
A measure of length in the metric system. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. An average human hair is about 60,000 nanometers thick. Nanometers are used to measure wavelengths of light and distances between atoms in molecules.