tau-protein

tau

[tou, taw for 1, 2, 4; tahv, tawv for 3]
noun
1.
the 19th letter of the greek alphabet (T, τ ).
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
3.
tav.
4.
Also, tauon [tou-on] . Physics. tau lepton.
5.
Also called tau protein. Biochemistry. a protein that is an important component of nerve cells, helping to maintain their function and structure: in the brain, distortions in the protein’s molecular shape is associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin < Greek taû < Semitic; cf. tav

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tau (tɔː, taʊ)
 
n
the 19th letter in the Greek alphabet (Τ, τ), a consonant, transliterated as t
 
[C13: via Latin from Greek, of Semitic origin; see tav]

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tau n.

Symbol τ The 19th letter of the greek alphabet.

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Taurus
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