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07:53 Jun 21, 2005
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Medical - Medical: Instruments / Implantable contact lens
English term or phrase: 3 and 36 months
As outlined above, 0% of eyes experienced worse than 20/40 BSCVA at any point in time during the study follow-up period between 3 and 36 months.
I think here ¡°3 and 36 months¡± means the third and the 36th months, or month 3 and month 36. It has puzzled me why it is written this way. I also see this kind of expression in other medical documents. Is it a regular way to use this kind of jargon in writing medical patents etc.?

TIA!!!
Jianming Sun
Local time: 13:32
English translation:common
Explanation:
Probably to avoid having to write "3 months and 3 years", but yes, it's common. As an ENS, I find nothing particularly odd about it, especially as it is from a medical report - medical language can often be relied on to be slightly (!) different from that used by the man in the street.
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David Moore
Local time: 07:32
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common


Explanation:
Probably to avoid having to write "3 months and 3 years", but yes, it's common. As an ENS, I find nothing particularly odd about it, especially as it is from a medical report - medical language can often be relied on to be slightly (!) different from that used by the man in the street.

David Moore
Local time: 07:32
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ken Cox: Yes, very common usage. IMO it is style, not jargon, and 'between 3 and 36 months' is generally considered to be much better style in technical writing than 'between 3 months and 3 years' (because it maintains the same units).
35 mins

agree  Ian M-H: Kenneth's right about consistency. It's also to do with precision: 36 months implies less leeway than 3 years. Interestingly, 36 months is usually the upper limit - for a longer period the text would almost certainly have used years.
53 mins

agree  Elizabeth Rudin
1 hr

agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
2 hrs

agree  airmailrpl: - this AENS agrees
2 hrs

agree  Rachel Fell: and agree with Ian's comments (and Kenneth's)
3 hrs

agree  Angela Dickson
7 hrs

agree  Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.
8 hrs

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
10 hrs
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