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demographics/characteristics

demographics is often used incorrectly to refer to patient characteristicsdemographics actually refers to population characteristics (e.g., size, growth, density, etc.)

different from/different than

different from is correct when comparing two things; different than is incorrect and should not be used

dose/dosage

dose is the quantity to be administered at one time, or the total quantity administered; dosage refers to the regulated administration of doses, and is expressed in terms of a quantity per unit of time

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