Kilo is a decimal unit prefix in the metric system denoting multiplication by one thousand (10^{3}). It is used in the International System of Units, where it has the symbol k, in lowercase.
The prefix kilo is derived from the Greek word χίλιοι (chilioi), meaning "thousand".
In 19th century English it was sometimes spelled chilio, in line with a puristic opinion by Thomas Young.^{[1]}^{[2]} As an opponent of suggestions to introduce the metric system in Britain, he qualified the nomenclature adopted in France as barbarous.
By extension, currencies are also sometimes preceded by the prefix kilo:
For the kilobyte, a second definition has been in common use in some fields of computer science and information technology. It uses kilobyte to mean 2^{10} bytes (= 1024 bytes), because of the mathematical coincidence that 2^{10} is approximately 10^{3}. The reason for this application is that digital hardware and architectures natively use base 2 exponentiation, and not decimal systems. JEDEC memory standards still permit this definition, but acknowledge the correct SI usage.
NIST comments on the confusion caused by these contrasting definitions: "Faced with this reality, the IEEE Standards Board decided that IEEE standards will use the conventional, internationally adopted, definitions of the SI prefixes", instead of kilo for 1024.^{[3]} To address this conflict, a new set of binary prefixes has been introduced, which is based on powers of 2. Therefore, 1024 bytes are defined as one kibibyte (1 KiB).
When units occur in exponentiation, such as in square and cubic forms, any multiplier prefix is considered part of the unit, and thus included in the exponentiation.
Prefix  Base 10  Decimal  Adoption ^{[nb 1]}  

Name  Symbol  
quetta  Q  10^{30}  1000000000000000000000000000000  2022^{[1]} 
ronna  R  10^{27}  1000000000000000000000000000  
yotta  Y  10^{24}  1000000000000000000000000  1991 
zetta  Z  10^{21}  1000000000000000000000  
exa  E  10^{18}  1000000000000000000  1975^{[2]} 
peta  P  10^{15}  1000000000000000  
tera  T  10^{12}  1000000000000  1960 
giga  G  10^{9}  1000000000  
mega  M  10^{6}  1000000  1873 
kilo  k  10^{3}  1000  1795 
hecto  h  10^{2}  100  
deca  da  10^{1}  10  
—  —  10^{0}  1  — 
deci  d  10^{−1}  0.1  1795 
centi  c  10^{−2}  0.01  
milli  m  10^{−3}  0.001  
micro  μ  10^{−6}  0.000001  1873 
nano  n  10^{−9}  0.000000001  1960 
pico  p  10^{−12}  0.000000000001  
femto  f  10^{−15}  0.000000000000001  1964 
atto  a  10^{−18}  0.000000000000000001  
zepto  z  10^{−21}  0.000000000000000000001  1991 
yocto  y  10^{−24}  0.000000000000000000000001  
ronto  r  10^{−27}  0.000000000000000000000000001  2022^{[1]} 
quecto  q  10^{−30}  0.000000000000000000000000000001  
