hyphen in anti-aging?


Should anti-aging have a hyphen?

hyphen asked Jan 18 '13 at 20:56 Laura Adair New member

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Shawn's common sense answer is supported by the various American style guides. The general rule set forth by the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, University of Chicago Press) is that words with prefixes should not be hyphenated (see 7.85, Table 4 at page283). 


But CMoS also provides several exceptions to the general rule. When the prefix "anti" is added to a word beginning with a vowel -- for example, anti-inflammatory -- a hyphen is recommended. So "anti-aging" is the preferred spelling.  The other exception comes with words formed from proper names -- anti-Hitlerian.


I hope this helps.

link comment edited Jan 19 '13 at 05:59 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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