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Life Cycle or Lifecycle
Is this two words, or has it become one word?
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2012/11/21
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I’m working on a project entitled  “The Life Cycle of a Soldier”. I’m wondering if Life Cycle is still two words, should be one word (Lifecycle), or if it matters how I spell/typeset it? I’m inclined toward Life Cycle because it seems more formal, proper, correct. Also, as a graphic designer, I like that way it looks better on the page. Thoughts? Thanks!

2012/11/22
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Welcome to the forum, toptomato. Two words seems better imho. I haven’t often seen lifecycle as one word … sounds more like a brand name for an exercise device.

Google: “life cycle” gets 48.5 million hits, “lifecycle” gets 36.4 million. Many of the latter appear to be branded usage.

According to some online dictionaries, both are acceptable, though the one-word version is listed as an “alternate” spelling.

2012/11/25
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What he said.

2012/11/25
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Ahh. That was an easy one. Thanks for concurring, and for taking the time to weigh in. Much appreciated! Done.  

2015/03/11
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The software industry for some reason prefers the alternative spelling. However, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has an entry for “life cycle” when you search for “lifecycle” that seems to be suitable for the life cycles of software objects under definition 3.

2015/03/11
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The usual rule in cases like this is that it’s two words when used as a noun, one word when used attributively. So:

The life cycle of an armadillo consists of three phases.

…but….

Diet has a significant effect upon lifecycle completion.

2015/03/23
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Heimhenge said
Welcome to the forum, toptomato. Two words seems better imho. I haven’t often seen lifecycle as one word … sounds more like a brand name for an exercise device.

Google: “life cycle” gets 48.5 million hits, “lifecycle” gets 36.4 million. Many of the latter appear to be branded usage.

According to some online dictionaries, both are acceptable, though the one-word version is listed as an “alternate” spelling.

I’ve spent far too many looking at the name while spending hours cycling to nowhere not to note that it *is* a brand name for a torture–I mean exercise–device…

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