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The prefix bi- means 2. Similarly, the prefix tri- means 3. Originally, the billion was defined as a one followed by 12 zeros - twice as many as the million; while the trillion had three times as many zeros than the million. Somehow, the meaning changed over time, especially in English-speaking countries (to a one with 9 zeros for a billion, and a one with 12 zeros for a trillion).

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