@MastersThesis{} entry results in “MA thesis” output instead of “Master's thesis” with biblatex

I use biber and biblatex for my citations. Strangely, if I use the @MastersThesis{} entry, it doesn't output

[96] Firstname Lastname. “Title goes here”. Master’s thesis. University of the South Pole, YEAR.

which it should according to the biblatex manual but

[96] Firstname Lastname. “Title goes here”. MA thesis. University of the South Pole, YEAR.

In my latex file, I use the following configuration

\usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}
\usepackage[
backend=biber,
style=numeric,
citestyle=nature,
natbib=true,
url=false,
doi=true,
eprint=false
]{biblatex}


Removing the citestyle and natbib options doesn't help. I can of course change it to "Master's thesis" using the type argument in each one of the entries. But that's annoying and I just want the default. Thanks for your help.

• This is a good and specific question, but it’d be even better if you provided a full, compilable example like, for example, I did in my answer. For more tips on how to do that (in your next question ;)), see meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228/…. – doncherry Jun 6 '16 at 11:30
• You get the longer term with the option abbreviate=false -- this can affect other terms too. – Ulrike Fischer Jun 6 '16 at 11:32
• @UlrikeFischer Thank you, Ulrike. That simple option solved my problem! – Hans Jun 6 '16 at 11:58
• @doncherry Thanks for the info. You're right. But I was just too lazy to do that ;) – Hans Jun 6 '16 at 12:04
• @doncherry I did it. – Ulrike Fischer Jun 16 '16 at 10:47

When two variants exists for a term, then you get the longer term with the option abbreviate=false -- this affects naturally all other terms too.

You can change the relevant bibliography string (mathesis) as described in lockstep’s answer to Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}
\usepackage[
backend=biber,
style=numeric,
citestyle=nature,
natbib=true,
url=false,
doi=true,
eprint=false
]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib} % That’s a dummy database that comes with biblatex

%%%% The important part:
\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{%
mathesis = {Master's thesis},
}
%%%%

\begin{document}
\nocite{loh}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


• Thank you for the answer. This could solve my problem, but my preferred solution is the option abbreviate=false given by Ulrike Fischer. In that case, I can just use the defaults for the entries. – Hans Jun 6 '16 at 12:13