muon etymology

English word muon comes from English meson, English mu (The 12th letter of the Modern Greek alphabet.)

Detailed word origin of muon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
meson English (eng) (now specifically, particle) An elementary particle that is composed of a quark and an antiquark, such as a kaon or pion. (Mesons composed of rarer quarks are much heavier.). (obsolete) A member of a group of subatomic particles having a mass intermediate between electrons and protons. (The most easily detected mesons fit this definition.).
mu English (eng) The 12th letter of the Modern Greek alphabet.
mu-meson English (eng) (dated) A muon (kind of subatomic particle).
muon English (eng) An unstable elementary particle in the lepton family, having similar properties to the electron but with a mass 209 times greater.

Words with the same origin as muon

Descendants of meson