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"Conidiomata pycnidial, scattered on PDA, subglobose, up to 3 mm diam"

What is the abbreviation for diameter? Is it dia? or diam? It is not provided here either

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about personal preferences of jargons. –  WYSIWYG Sep 7 '13 at 9:14
    
@WYSIWYG err....I don't follow you, sorry! It is a part of a research journal. –  dee Sep 7 '13 at 9:22
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@WYSIWYG: it is about well defined scientific jargon, it is not a matter of personal preference. –  nico Sep 7 '13 at 12:21
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We would not close a question asking what is the correct abbreviation for micrometers would we? This is exactly the same thing... voting to reopen. –  nico Sep 7 '13 at 13:49
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The DIA abbreviation can be used, although it is not commonly seen in biological papers, so to avoid confusion I would just use the whole word "diameter".

The other option is to use the diameter symbol ⌀ which is standard and commonly seen/understood.

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Thanks a lot! Have a great weekend! –  dee Sep 7 '13 at 23:07
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