Learning by Degrees
Even writers and editors who work with nontechnical documents will encounter the occasional abbreviated unit of measure or other abbreviation from the sciences. Knowing some basic conventions about such expressions will help you spot potential errors.
To test your knowledge, take the quiz. And if you haven’t taken it yet, try our quiz on scholarly abbreviations.
Note: Style guides sometimes disagree. Except for a few details that can be verified in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias and other readily available sources, the answers in this quiz rely on the information in the 17th edition of CMOS.
Chicago Style Workout 79: Some Technical Abbreviations
Marie and Pierre Curie using equipment in their Paris laboratory (ca. 1900), cropped for post. Courtesy Wellcome Collection, public domain.
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