Definition of TATA box in English:

TATA box

noun

Genetics
  • A conserved DNA element which forms part of the promoter of many eukaryotic genes.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From TATA, shortened from TATAAA, the repeated initials of the bases thymine and adenine in the consensus sequence of this DNA element + box.

Pronunciation

TATA box

/ˈtɑːtɑː ˌbɒks/