# Definition:Centimetre/Square Centimetre

## Definition

The square centimetre is the CGS unit of area.

The symbol for the square centimetre is $\mathrm {cm}^2$ or (the informal and ugly) $\mathrm {sq}. \ \mathrm {cm}$.

## Linguistic Note

The spelling centimetre is the one adopted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Centimeter is the variant used in standard American English.

See the linguistic note on metre.