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Acronymophilia: Abbreviations and acronyms are different

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.1021b (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1021

EDITOR, - Tsung O Cheng uses the word acronym incorrectly in the editorial entitled acronymophilia.1 An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the initial letters of other words. Thus MONICA, RADAR, and LASER are acronyms whereas BMJ, MRFIT, DPPS, NHEFS, HHS, KFC, and CHS are abbreviations and not …

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