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A diameter of a circle or central conic is a line through the centre. If the line meets the circle or central conic at P and Q, then the line segment PQ may also be called a diameter. The term also applies in both senses to a sphere or central quadric.

In the case of a circle or sphere, all such line segments have the same length. This length is also called the diameter of the circle or sphere, and is equal to twice the radius.

Subjects: Mathematics.


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