latus rectum

noun

la·​tus rec·​tum ˈla-təs-ˈrek-təm How to pronounce latus rectum (audio)
: a chord of a conic section (such as an ellipse) that passes through a focus and is parallel to the directrix

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, straight side

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of latus rectum was in 1702

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“Latus rectum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latus%20rectum. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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