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 for Radius of curvature
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Radius \Ra"di*us\ (r[=a]"d[i^]*[u^]s), n.; pl. L. Radii
     (r[=a]"d[i^]*[imac]); E. Radiuses
     (r[=a]"d[i^]*[u^]s*[e^]z). [L., a staff, rod, spoke of a
     wheel, radius, ray. See Ray a divergent line.]
     1. (Geom.) A right line drawn or extending from the center of
        a circle to the periphery; the semidiameter of a circle or
        sphere.
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     2. (Anat.) The preaxial bone of the forearm, or brachium,
        corresponding to the tibia of the hind limb. See Illust.
        of Artiodactyla.
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     Note: The radius is on the same side of the limb as the
           thumb, or pollex, and in man it is so articulated that
           its lower end is capable of partial rotation about the
           ulna.
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     3. (Bot.) A ray, or outer floret, of the capitulum of such
        plants as the sunflower and the daisy. See Ray, 2.
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     4. pl. (Zool.)
        (a) The barbs of a perfect feather.
        (b) Radiating organs, or color-markings, of the radiates.
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     5. The movable limb of a sextant or other angular instrument.
        --Knight.
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     Radius bar (Mach.), a bar pivoted at one end, about which
        it swings, and having its other end attached to a piece
        which it causes to move in a circular arc.
  
     Radius of curvature. See under Curvature.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curvature \Cur"va*ture\ (k?r"v?-t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See
     Curvate.]
     1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved;
        a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or
        surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve.
        --Cowper.
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              The elegant curvature of their fronds. --Darwin.
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     2. (Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical
        curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a
        tangent drawn to the curve at that point.
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     Aberrancy of curvature (Geom.), the deviation of a curve
        from a circular form.
  
     Absolute curvature. See under Absolute.
  
     Angle of curvature (Geom.), one that expresses the amount
        of curvature of a curve.
  
     Chord of curvature. See under Chord.
  
     Circle of curvature. See Osculating circle of a curve,
        under Circle.
  
     Curvature of the spine (Med.), an abnormal curving of the
        spine, especially in a lateral direction.
  
     Radius of curvature, the radius of the circle of curvature,
        or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  radius of curvature
      n 1: the radius of the circle of curvature; the absolute value
           of the reciprocal of the curvature of a curve at a given
           point

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