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Acronyms and Initialisms 


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Do not capitalize the words from which an acronym or initialism is derived (see , Abbreviations).prostate-specific antigen (PSA) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) Exception: When the words that form the acronym or initialism are proper names, use capitals as described in , Proper Nouns, Official Names: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) When there has been a “stretch” to create a study name or the name of a writing group that makes sense, is easy to say, and somehow relates to the name of the group, but where the first letters of the major words do not match the acronym, do

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