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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elementary particle in the lepton family (not a meson), having a mass 209 times that of the electron, a negative electric charge, and a mean lifetime of 2.2 × 10-6 seconds. Also called mu meson. See Table at subatomic particle.

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  • n. An unstable elementary particle in the lepton family, having similar properties to the electron but with a mass 209 times greater.

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  • n. an elementary particle with a negative charge and a half-life of 2 microsecond; decays to electron and neutrino and antineutrino

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Short for mu meson.

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Contraction of mu-meson (the particle has now been recategorised as a lepton).

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