Any of several proteins found in the axons of brain neurons that act to stabilize neuronal microtubules and are found in the neurofibrillary tangles seen in Alzheimer's disease.
Any of several proteins that act to stabilize neuronal microtubules in the axons of brain neurons and that form abnormal tangles in the brains of people with certain neurodegenerative disorders.
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Origin of tau-protein
- From the use of the Greek letter tau to represent the initial t- of tubulin, which it induces to form microtubules
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition