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Capitalization of Main Entries 

Chapter:
Medical Indexes
Author(s):

Bruce McGregor

and Harriet S. Meyer

Although main entries have traditionally featured initial capitals to distinguish them from subentries, The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, recommends lowercase, except when the entry term would begin with a capital, eg, proper nouns. This is especially worthwhile in biomedical publications, in which capitalization may be complex and may distinguish otherwise identical terms.AFP. See α-fetoproteinAfp, 98AFP, 103Brca1, 112BRCA1, 54, 804 809breast cancer, 50 57, 110 113, 801 815Haemophilus influenzae Rd, 998hepatitis, 1015 1028HindIII, 698LPL. See lipoprotein lipaseLPL, 1092Staphylococcus aureus, 1056 1077. See also staphylococci

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