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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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Difficulties posed by the use of symbols and abbreviations in mathematics
The Hemingway Review's abbreviations have been affected not only by our venerable sources (in our defense, may I note that the journal itself is a venerable thirty-one years old, which naturally creates continuity issues), but also by MLA's license to "devise.
Compilation and publication of "do not use" abbreviations has not stopped their use.
Nephrology nurses can increase patient safety by not using these abbreviations themselves and by influencing others to not use them.
Abbreviation downloads are available for purchase on-line for Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) (Astra Zeneca, 2006).
The Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations Dictionary (AIAD for short, of course) was first published in 1960 and is now in its 14th edition, which was published in 1990.
Added to the difficulty of legal terminology is the prevalence of abbreviations in the field.
Yet the ongoing use of error-prone abbreviations, symbols, and dosage designations has not been addressed as the systemic problem that it is, said Michael Cohen, Sc.
As many as 20% could not identify any of the eight abbreviations, and only 51% knew that FSH stood for full service history.
No, but whatever we use as an abbreviation should be consistent throughout the community.
The same abbreviations are also often used in public meetings - people may think we are talking in code
In addition, the JLRT, or "JETRO Listening and Reading Comprehension" will become the "Japanese Listening and Reading Comprehension Test", and keep the "JLRT" abbreviation.

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