latus rectum

[ley-tuh s rek-tuh m]

noun, plural la·ter·a rec·ta [ley-ter-uh rek-tuh] /ˈleɪ tər ə ˈrɛk tə/. Geometry.

the chord perpendicular to the principal axis and passing through a focus of an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola.

Origin of latus rectum

1695–1705; < New Latin: literally, straight side Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for latus rectum

latus rectum

noun plural latera recta (ˈlætərə ˈrɛktə)

geometry a chord that passes through the focus of a conic and is perpendicular to the major axis

Word Origin for latus rectum

C18: New Latin: straight side
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