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From Ancient Greek ἑπτά (heptá), for the seventh order of 103. The consonants pt are reduced to tt as in Italian, by analogy with peta-; the letter z was added, as a start to running through the alphabet backwards.
- In the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 1021, a sextillion. Symbol: Z