Strange Brackets after .docx Compile

I can’t figure out why/how I am getting these strange brackets. They only appear around the first term of every document after it has been compiled. Within word, these brackets do not appear to be normal characters at all. I have examined export setting and I can’t seem to find anything that is affecting this. See screen shot from the word doc output for an example.

Thanks for any help!


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