latus rectum

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Etymology[edit]

Latin latus (side) + rectum (right)

Noun[edit]

latus rectum (plural latera recta or latus rectums)

  1. (geometry) The line drawn through a focus of a conic section parallel to the directrix and terminated both ways by the curve. It is the parameter of the principal axis.