I know that for the most part, italics does not belong in fiction outside of italicizing foreign words. I've ran into another issue however. In the middle of my narrative, I want to refer to the term as the term. In academia, that's done by italics. What about fiction? Using quotes signals dialogue, so I thought that wasn't right. I've thought about single quote marks, but that's normally used inside other quotes and I don't think I've seen it anywhere else (American English). Any thoughts? Here's the line.