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The liter (symbolized as "l") is the basic measure for liquid volume in the metric system and is defined as the volume of a cube each side of which is 10 centimeters long. This corresponds to 1 cubic decimeter (dm³). Liter is often used in daily life, from measuring the contents of a bottle of water or milk, to the capacity of a car tank.
The deciliter (symbolized as "dl") is a part of the liter. The term "deci" comes from Latin and means "ten", so a deciliter is one tenth of a liter. That means there are 10 deciliters in 1 liter. Deciliter is often used in recipes and daily life to measure smaller amounts of liquid, such as the amount of oil or milk going into a recipe.
Here is how you can visualize deciliters and liters:
1 liter = 10 deciliters
1 deciliter = 0.1 liter