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Greek Letter vs Word 

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Greek Letters
Author(s):

Brenda Gregoline

The editors of JAMA and the Archives Journals prefer the use of Greek letters rather than spelled-out words, unless usage dictates otherwise. Consult Dorland's and Stedman's medical dictionaries for general terms. These sources may differ in the representation of terms, ie, α-fetoprotein (symbol) (Stedman's) and alpha fetoprotein (Dorland's). If the Greek letter, rather than the word, is found in either of these sources for the item in question, use the letter in preference to the word. ▪ For chemical terms, the use of Greek letters is almost always preferred.β-pinene▪ For electroencephalographic terms, use the word (see , Nomenclature, Neurology, Electroencephalographic

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