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orbital plane

[′ȯr·bəd·əl ′plān]
(mechanics)
The plane which contains the orbit of a body or particle in a central force field; it passes through the center of force.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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