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## Negative Exponents

*Stephen J. Lurie*

### in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

A negative exponent denotes the reciprocal of the expression, as illustrated in these examples: x−n= 1/xn A−1 = 1/A B−2 = 1/B2A negative exponent may simplify some expressions within running text:A(x+y)2 may also be written as A(x+y)-2 or A/(x+y)2 ... More

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