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Glossary of Abbreviations

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SSerine (amino acid)
SWhen followed by a numbeer, a chromatographic support
S/N Signal-to-noise ratio
sSinglet (spectroscopy)
SS-bahn; city/suburb commuter train
S Specialist (physician)
S&A (Urine) Sugar (Glucose) & Acetone
S&W Smith & Wesson (pistol manufacturer)
S4Section 4 (Medicines Act) Committee(UK)
SASingle action (pistol)
SAA Single action Army (Colt pistol design ca. 1860)
SAAMI Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Association (US)
SACESerum Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
SAESerious Adverse Event
SAEDSelected-area electron diffraction
SAM Surface-to-Air missile
SAM Sulfur-adenosylmethionine
SANStyrene acetonitrile copolymer
SAN Styrene-acrylonitrile (polymer)
SAPHEISemi-armor-piercing high explosive incendiary (projectile)
SAS Society for Applied Spectroscopy
SASASelf-addressed stamped envelope
SAW Surface Acoustic Wave
SBStyrene-butadiene (polymer)
SBCCI Southern Building Code Congress International
Sbd Sonderband
SBIRSmall Business Innovation Research
SBR Styrene-Butadiene Rubber
SBRStyrene butadient rubber
SBRSaturable Bragg Reflector
SBS Styrene-butadiene-styrene (polymer)
SCCASports Car Club of America
SC,SCAStrong-Cobb, or Strong-Cobb-Arner: units of tablet hardness
SCD Sulfur-Chemiluminescence Detection
SCFMStandard cubic feed per minute
SCL SCLeroderma
SCM Scanning Capacitance Microscopy
SCOTSupport-Coated Open Tubular (GC Column)
SCPMScanning Chemical Potential Microscopy
SCSISmall Computer System Interface
SDStandard deviation
SDA Strand Displacement Amplification (DNA analysis)
SDA Specially Denatured Alcohol
SDB (?) Sicherheitsdatenblatt
SDHSynchronous Digital Hierarchy
SDH Synchronous Digital Hierarchy
SDRAMSynchronous Dynamic RAM
SDSSodium Dodecyl Sulfate = sodium lauryl sulfate
SDWASafe Drinking Water Act
SEStandard error
SEStadtexpress;local train
SEBSStyrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (polymer)
SEC Size-Exclusion Chromatography
SEC(US) Securities and Exchange Commission
SEcMScanning Electrochemical Microscopy
SED SEDimentation (rate) (clinical)
SEERSeasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
SEM Scanning Electron Microscopy
SEMStandard error of the mean
SEMISemiconductor Equipment & Materials International (trade association)
SEP Somatosensory Evoked Potentials
Ser Serine
SERCOSSerial Real-time Communication System(German)
SERISystems Engineering Research Institute (ROK)
SERSSurface-Enhanced Raman Spectrometry
SFService Factor
SFB Sicherheits Datenblatt(?)Safety Data Sheet
SFCSergeant First Class
SFC Supercritical Fluid Chromatography
SFESupercritical fluid extraction
SFM Scanning Force Microscopy
SFMSociétée' Francaise de Microbiologie
SFO San Francisco International Airport
SFUDS Simplified Federal Urban Driving Schedule
SGMLStandard Generalized Markup Language (electronic publication)
SGOT Serum Glutamic Oxalacetic Transaminase
SGPTSerum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase
SHE Standard Hydrogen Electrode
SIStatutory Instrument (UK)
SICMScanning Ion-Conductance Microscopy
SIG Schweizer Industrie Gesellschaft
SIGINTSignal intelligence
SIL Squamous intraepithelial lesions
SIM Society for Industrial Microbiology
SIMCASoft independent modeling of class analogy
SIMDIS Simulated Distillation
SIMMSingle In-line Memory Module
SIMSSecondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
SINSindbis virus
SIPSterilize in place
SIRMScanning InfraRed Microprobe
SIRSSystemic inflammatory response syndrome
SIS Styrene-isoprene-Styrene (polymer)
SIVSimian immunodeficiency virus
SKEthyl iodoacetate (English WWI designation for chemical agent)
SKESteinkohleeinheit (energy equivalent; ca. 29,400 J)
SKPMScanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy
SLAP Saboted Light Armor Penetrator(bullet)
SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SLEPSerial Line Internet Protocol
SLIRSide-Looking InfraRed
SLS Sodium Lauryl Sulfate = sodium dodecyl sulfate
SLT Shigella-like toxin(s)
SMA Styrene maleic anhydride (polymer)
SMACNASheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
SMAWShielded metal arc welding
SMG Submachine gun
SMM Scanning Magnetic Microscopy
SMTPSerial Mail Transfer Protocol (Internet)
SMWWStandard Methods for Examination of Water and Wastewater
SNSeparation Number
SNAFU Situation Normal, All (Fouled) Up
SNOMScanning Near-field Optical Microscopy
SNR Signal to Noise Ratio
SNTISyteme Numarisa de Transmissions Interieures
SOCMASynthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
SODSuperoxide dismutase
SONET Synchronous Optical Network
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SPSoft point (bullet)
SPCSummary of Product Characteristics (UK, pharmaceuticals)
SPC Statistical Process Control
SPC Standard Plate Count (bacteria)
SPDTSingle Pole Double Throw (switch)
SPE Solid Phase Extraction
SPESociety of Plastics Engineers
SPISociety of the Plastics Industry
SPISociety of the Plastics Industry
SPIESociety of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
SPM Scanning probe microscopy
SPM Self Phase Modulation
SPMESolid phase microextraction
SPSTSingle Pole Single Throw (switch)
SpurA Spurenakte
SQC Statistical Quality Control
SQL Structured Query Language (computer)
SQMStatistical quality management
SRI Stanford Research Institute
SRM Standard Reference Material
SRO Standing Room Only
SSStainless Steel
SSB Single sideband
SSC Superconducting Super Collider
SSCSodium chloride/sodium citrate (buffer)
SSCNaCl-trisodium citrate (salt - sodium citrate ?)
SSGSodium starch glycolate
SSIMS Scanning Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
SSKP Single-shot kill probability(e. g., of antiaircraft projectiles)
SST SuperSonic Transport
SST Serum Separator Tube
SST Spread-Spectrum Technology(radio communication)
StA Staatsanwalt[anwaltschaft]
StA Standesamt
STBSurface Transportation Board (US)
STBSSuspension Tris-buffered saline
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STELShort-Term Exposure Limit(< 15 minutes, < 4 times/8 hours)
STEMScanning Transmission Electron Microscope
STF Soliton Transmission Fiber
SThMScanning Thermal Microscopy
STISSpace Telescope Imaging Spectroraph
STLCSoluble Threshold Limit Concentration
STM Scanning Tunneling Microscope (Microscopy)
STRShort tandem repeat (molecular genetics)
STRGControl (CTRL) key on German keyboard
SUPACScale-up and post-approval changes
SUPAC-IRSUPAC immediate release
SUPAC-MRSUPAC modified release
SVP Semence viral primarie
SW-846EPA Solid Waste testing procedures
SWC Semi-wadcutter (bullet)
SXCMSoft X-ray Contact Microscopy

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