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Italic refers to a cursive form of a typeface, typically for serif fonts.

A closely related version, called oblique, refers to a slanted form of a typeface, usually for sans-serif fonts.

Both forms are often accessed through the same Italic menu option.


  • Emphasis or defining terms
  • Names of vessels
  • Scientific names of biological organisms
  • Scientific notation
  • Titles of creative works and periodicals

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