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The connection between volume and capacity

A litre is a special name for 1000 cm3. A container in the shape of a cube with 10-centimetre side lengths holds exactly one litre of water. Interestingly, one litre of water also has a mass very close to one kilogram.

A millilitre of water fits exactly inside a container the size of a cubic centimetre. A millilitre of water has a mass very close to one gram.

There are 1000 millilitres in one litre. We can write:

1000 mL = 1 L