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τ

The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet, tau; symbol for relaxation time.

tau (τ),

(taw),
1. The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet.
2. Symbol for tele; relaxation time.
3. A protein that associates with microtubules and other elements of the cytoskeleton; tau accelerates tubulin polymerization and stabilizes microtubules; tau is also found in the plaque observed in patients with Alzheimer disease and in cerebral neurons in other neurodegenerative disorders.

tau

An MRI term for the interpulse—time between the 90° and 180° pulses, and between the 180° pulse and the echo—used in a spin echo pulse sequence.

τ

Abbreviation for relaxation time.

tau

(τ) (tow)
1. The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet (τ).
2. Symbol for tele and relaxation time.
3. A protein that associates with microtubules and other elements of the cytoskeleton; tau accelerates tubulin polymerization and stabilizes microtubules. Tau is also found in the plaque observed in patients with Alzheimer disease.