geocentric latitude

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geocentric latitude

[¦jē·ō¦sen·trik ′lad·ə‚tüd]
(astronomy)
The latitude of a celestial body from the center of the earth.
(geodesy)
Of a position on the earth's surface, the angle between a line to the center of the earth and the plane of the equator.

geocentric latitude

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Reference ellipsoid representing the earth.
The acute angle measured perpendicular to the equatorial plane and a line joining the center of the earth and a point on the surface of the reference ellipsoid. It has the same value as the geographic latitude. See also geographic latitude.