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From Latin, the masculine plural form of "and others," used after a male name or list of male or mixed-gender names to indicate the inclusion of others. Typically used in more formal or scholarly writing, though it is usually shortened to "et al." The authors of the paper—Drs. Cartright, Smith, Robinson, et al.—are among the top scientists in the world. This study was carried out by Richards et alii.
See also: ET
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