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Ratlam (rətläm´), city (1991 pop. 195,776), Madhya Pradesh state, E central India, on the Mumbai-Delhi RR. Capital of the former state of Ratlam, the town is a district administrative center and a market for grains, cotton, and oilseed. Manufactures include pottery and textiles. There are also milling industries. Ratlam stands c.1,580 ft (482 m) above sea level.