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Units of Measure  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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9780195382846
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.003.0018
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The presentation of quantitative scientific information is an integral component of biomedical publication. Accurate communication of scientific knowledge and presentation of numerical data ... More

SI Units  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.256
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The International System of Units (Le Système International d'Unités or SI) represents a modified version of the metric system that has been established by international agreement and currently is ... More
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Format, Style, and Punctuation  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.258
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The format, style, and punctuation guidelines generally apply for SI reporting but also are used for reporting most values in conventional units. | SI reporting style uses exponents rather than ... More

Expressing Unit Names and Symbols  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.257
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The SI includes conventions for expressing unit names and abbreviations (often referred to as symbols) and for displaying them in text. | The SI unit names are written lowercase (eg, kilogram) when ... More
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Conventional Units and SI Units in JAMA and the Archives Journals  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.260
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In the United States, most physicians and other health care professionals use conventional units for most commonly encountered clinical measurements (eg, blood pressure), and most clinical ... More

Base Units  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.540
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The SI is based on 7 fundamental units (base units) that refer to 7 basic quantities of measurement (see the tabulation below). These units form the structure from which other measurement quantities ... More

Punctuation  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.552
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Symbols or abbreviations of units of measure are not followed by a period, unless the symbol occurs at the end of a sentence.The patient’s weight was 80 kg [not 80 kg.] and had increased by 10%. |

Abbreviations  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.551
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Most units of measure are abbreviated when used with numerals or in a virgule construction. Certain units of measure should be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form in parentheses. ... More

Hyphens  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.553
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A hyphen is used to join 2 spelled-out units of measure.pascal-second A hyphen is used to join a unit of measure and the number associated with it when the combination is used as an adjective. (See ... More

Decimal Format  

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

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

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.556
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The decimal format is recommended for numbers used with units of measure. Numerical values less than 1 require placement of 0 before the decimal marker. However, certain statistical values, such as α ... More

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