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latus rectum

[ ley-tuhs -rek-tuhm ]
/ ˈleɪ təs ˈrɛk təm /
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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.

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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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