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confocal

[ kon-foh-kuhl ]
/ kɒnˈfoʊ kəl /
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adjective Mathematics.
having the same focus or foci.
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Origin of confocal

First recorded in 1865–70; con- + focal
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How to use confocal in a sentence

  • Two ellipsoids in which the principal sections lie in the same planes, and have the same foci, are called confocal.

British Dictionary definitions for confocal

confocal
/ (kɒnˈfəʊkəl) /

adjective
having a common focus or common fociconfocal ellipses
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