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See also: tex and Tex



The letters of the name are meant to represent the capital Greek letters Τ (tau), Ε (epsilon), and Χ (chi), as TeX is an abbreviation of Ancient Greek τέχνη (tékhnē), which is also the root word of technical.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (computer languages) A digital typesetting system used primarily for the formatting of mathematical formulae.
    • 1986, Jacques Desarmenien, TEX for Scientific Documentation: Second European Conference, Strasbourg, France, June 19-21, 1986. Proceedings, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 41:
      TFFI-mode makes it possible for BibTeX to work on plain TeX documents as well.

Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ The final consonant of TeX is intended by its developer to be pronounced similar to loch or Bach. However, English speakers often pronounce it /tɛk/, like the first syllable of technical.

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