latus rectum

noun
la·​tus rec·​tum | \ ˈla-təs-ˈrek-təm How to pronounce latus rectum (audio) \

Definition of latus rectum

: a chord of a conic section (such as an ellipse) that passes through a focus and is parallel to the directrix

First Known Use of latus rectum

1702, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for latus rectum

New Latin, literally, straight side

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“Latus rectum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latus%20rectum. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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