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Pronunciation Guide

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This pronunciation guide has been developed and approved by the USAN Council, and was revised at the USAN Council meeting, July 14, 2006, to facilitate pronunciation of USAN and will be used on all future Statements of Adoption.

Syllables

Syllable designations are based upon phonetic considerations. A prime mark (′) follows the primary accent syllable; a double prime mark (″) follows any secondary accent syllable. All syllables are separated by a blank space. No diacritical marks are used.

Sounds and Spelling

Short vowel sounds receive no special designations in any syllable.

Vowels, long-spelling designations in all syllables except the last syllable unless indicated otherwise:

aay(may)
eee(lee) same in last syllable also
ieyewhen by itself as a syllable
yewhen in conjunction with a consonant: lye
ooh(when by itself as a syllable)
oe(when in conjunction with a consonant: toe)
uue(cue, cure) same in last syllable also
yee(oxytocin, ox ee toe' sin)
eye(kanamycin, kan a mye' sin)

Spelling designations in the last syllable: The vowels a, i and o assume long vowel sounds by the addition of an e at the end of the syllable.

Short vowel sounds receive no special designation in any syllable.

- rate
- bite
- toe
Digraphs
ahfather
awpaw
oioil
oofood
ouought
owout
oyoil
chchild
ngsing
shshot
ththought
whwhen
Consonant sounds and examples:
bbed
ccitrate (si′ trate)
carbon (kar′ bon)
ddog
fflew
ggore
digital (di′ ji tal)
llow
mmy
nno
ppit
qqueen (kween)
rrot
ssing
ttaught
vvote
xox
xanthines (zan′ theens)
yyes
zzinc (zink)
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