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C

C, third letter of the alphabet . In position and form, but not in meaning, it corresponds to Greek gamma (see G ). In English it is pronounced variously, e.g., in can, cent, church, and loch. In musical notation it symbolizes a note in the scale. In chemistry it is the symbol of the element carbon . The capital letter is the Roman numeral for 100.

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