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  • n. The point of a body's elliptical orbit about the system's centre of mass where the distance between the body and the centre of mass is at its minimum.

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  • n. (astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited

Etymologies

peri- +‎ apsis (Wiktionary)

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