latus rectum

[ ley-tuh s rek-tuh m ]
/ ˈleɪ təs ˈrɛk təm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. latticework,
  2. latticing,
  3. latticinio,
  4. lattimore,
  5. latus,
  6. latvia,
  7. latvian,
  8. lau lau,
  9. lauan,
  10. laud

Origin of latus rectum

1695–1705; < New Latin: literally, straight side

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British Dictionary definitions for latus rectum

latus rectum

/ (ˈlɑːtəs ˈrɛktəm) /

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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