Lowercase letters in calligraphy, in contrast to majuscule, or uppercase letters. Unlike majuscules, minuscules are not fully contained between two real or hypothetical lines; their stems can go above or below the line. Developed by Alcuin in the 8th century, it allowed the division of writing into sentences and paragraphs by beginning sentences with capital letters and ending them with periods. The script was originally rounded, but gradually the strokes became heavier until it became what is now known as Gothic or black letter script.
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'Minuscule' risk of HIV infection from cutaneous exposure to blood. (HIV Postexposure Management: A Guide for Health Care Professionals)
Jan 01, 1993; The first data estimating the magnitude of risk associated with cutaneous exposures to HIV-infected blood suggest that the risk...