When is a girl really a woman? When is a boy a man? When do children stop being children and become adults? Okay, we are starting to sound like a style manual version of Bob Dylan—but these answers are not blowing in the wind, they are in an AMA Manual of Style quiz on age and sex referents. Below are some simple fill in the blank exercises to guide you when you take this quiz.
Use the following terms to fill in the blanks: woman, man, newborn, adolescent, and infant. (To see the answers, highlight the blank space with your mouse.)
A person from birth to 1 month of age is a(n) newborn.
A female person older than 18 years is a(n) woman.
A male person older than 18 years is a(n) man.
A person aged 1 month to 1 year is a(n) infant.
A person aged 13 through 17 years is a(n) adolescent.
For additional exercises on age and sex referent usage in medical publications, take this month’s quiz at www.amamanualofstyle.com.—Laura King, MA, ELS