gender is cultural, and is the term to use when referring to men and women as social groups; sex is biologic; use sex when the biologic distinction is predominant
avoid in favor of concentration
millimole (mmol) refers to an amount; millimolar (mM; mmol/L) refers to a concentration; millimolal refers to a concentration
mucus is the noun; mucous is the adjective
Cultures, tests for reactions, etc. may be negative or positive, whereas observations, results, or findings are normal or abnormal
oppress, keep down by force; repress, forcibly subdue or restrain; suppress, inhibit or block The dictator oppressed the people. The subject's repressed memories of abuse led to his symptoms. Gene expression was suppressed by RNAi.
while both optimum and optimal are adjectives, only optimum can be used as a noun; indicating the best or most favorable conditions leading to desirable results
Percent (or the symbol %) is always used with a specific number. Percentage is used without a number.
prevalence is the condition of being widespread or common, and incidence refers to the rate of occurrence
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