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A set of letters that are drawn from a word or from a sequence of words and used for brevity in place of the full word or phrase.


A shortening of a phrase to its key letters.
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Even if you want nothing to do with abbreviations, and you are the parent of an underage teenager, you might want to know enough to figure out when your underage teenager receives a message from someone with a message such as CU46.
Acronyms and abbreviations have been used since ancient times.
But regardless of where one travels, with respect to abbreviations in radiology, it's always wise to Handle with Care.
Difficulties posed by the use of symbols and abbreviations in mathematics
This paper investigates the changes that abbreviations and acronyms undergo when they are adapted to Ndebele from English.
"A foolish consistency," Ralph Waldo Emerson memorably tells us in "Self-Reliance," "is the hobgoblin of little minds:' Judging by the plethora of different abbreviations for the titles of Hemingway's published works, there are no little minds in Hemingway studies.
Dr Wood said: "We began studying in this area to see if there was any evidence of association between text abbreviation use and literacy skills at all after such a negative portrayal of the activity in the media.
Even though I fly a great deal throughout Florida, I don't know those airport abbreviations. Pilots from other states know them even less.
2A) we calculate parameters: adjustable table minimum height abbreviation [TH.sub.min.] calculated according to formula (2); adjustable table maximum height--abbreviation [TH.sub.max.] according to formula (3) on the basis of adjustable chair parameter individually adapted to expected seat height abbreviation ESH, calculated according to formula (1).
Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) (SWX: CSGN) (ZHR: CSGN) has added the abbreviation AG to its name, thus changing its name to Credit Suisse Group AG, Thomson Financial has reported citing a statement by Swiss bourse operator SWX Swiss Exchange.
A year after the death of the 9 month old, the Joint Commission issued a "do not use" abbreviation list and mandated institutions to develop a standardized list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols not to be used.
The most common abbreviation resulting in a medication error was the use of "qd" in place of "once daily," accounting for 43.1% of all errors.

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