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in writing, arbitrary shortening of a word, usually by cutting off letters from the end, as in U.S. and Gen. (General). Contraction serves the same purpose but is understood strictly to be the shortening of a word by cutting out letters in the middle, the omission sometimes being indicated by an apostrophe, as in the word don't. Most abbreviations are followed by a period. Usage, however, differs widely, and recently omission of periods has become common, as in NATO and UN. Acronyms are combinations of the first letters/syllables in a group of words to form a new grouping of letters that can be pronounced as a word. A period is never used when apostrophes appear. A list of abbreviationsused in this encyclopedia may be found in the prefatory matter.
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Consult the MLA Handbook, and you'll find that the profession has only anointed abbreviations for the books of the Bible (canonical, deuterocanonical, and apocryphal), Shakespeare (yes, that's Tit.
Symbols and abbreviations need to be written very carefully, taking into account the size, position and order (Rubenstein & Thompson, 2001).
Unlike prose, symbols and abbreviations are not always written in a line and read from left to right.
The authors also found that the use of abbreviations was inconsistent - 15% of the abbreviations used in medical notes appeared in the hospital's intranet dictionary while 17% appeared in a medical dictionary used by paediatric secretaries.
Compilation and publication of "do not use" abbreviations has not stopped their use.
The campaign strategy involves working with publishers to change style manuals and journals, making materials available to medical schools and pharmaceutical companies, and encouraging anyone who uses these abbreviations to stop using the most dangerous ones, Dr.
Although I know the meaning of some of the abbreviations currently used by officers, I'm spending too much time trying to decipher the ones I'm unfamiliar with.
Q: Do you think an abbreviation like LGBT or GLBTQ, etc.
Once one understands the CSWR of these two reference tools one finds that more time can be found to fly the bean rag and less is spent on searching for the correct terms and abbreviations to explain naval activity.
This goal directs the removal of medical abbreviations deemed as dangerous from drug databases in assisted living, long-term care, critical access hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.
The information is organized topically and cross-referenced with special sections on abbreviations, conversion factors, and chronology.