I am relatively new to this site, and I have noticed a common abbreviation: MMA. What does the abbreviation MMA stand for? The abbreviation seems to be used frequently among senior members of this website. Searching via Google was not useful because of the more common usage in mixed martial arts.

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    sometimes some write MMA as short cut for Mathematica. Some others use just M as short cut. Some write the full name Mathematica.
    – Nasser
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 4:29
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    It probably comes from the fact that mma is an official shortname for Mathematica. If you type mma inside a text cell, it will automatically replace it with Mathematica.
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 4:37
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    This might be a question more suited for chat, or a comment below a post where this abbreviation was used. Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 6:04
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    @SjoerdC.deVries I disagree. It took me some time to figure out what mma (and OP) stand for as well.
    – Ajasja
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 6:13
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    @Ajasja My comment was not about whether this could be a genuine question (it is) but more what the most appropriate location might be to ask it. There are 100s of posts using the abbreviation. Commenting under such a post would have been more appropriate IMHO. Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 11:21
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    @SjoerdC.deVries Yes, but under which one of the 100 posts? Hopefully having this as a stand alone question will make it easier to find for other new users.
    – Ajasja
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 12:13
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    hi Carl and a late , but warm, welcome to this forum. I just saw your question now. I may be one of those "senior" (?) members who types mma all the time. The reason and the meaning are well explained by the other commenters. Another shortcut you might run into is "WB", which stands for "Workbench". I agree with @Ajasja that making a stand alone question of this, offers better visibility to the answer.
    – magma
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 0:34
  • @rm-rf The shortname no longer works in text cell now, not sure when it happens, at least since v12.3.
    – xzczd
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 11:49

1 Answer 1


MMA = Mma = mma = MatheMaticA = Mathematica

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    MatheMaticA? ... R.M ... you are definitely a toad Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 5:23

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