Definition of rectus et inversus in US English:

rectus et inversus

(also rectus and inversus)


  • As postpositive. Of a piece of music: containing a theme played both in the original form and in inversion; (also) = per recte et retro. Also as noun: a piece of music in which a theme is treated in this way.


1930s; earliest use found in The Oxford Companion to Music. From post-classical Latin rectus et inversus from classical Latin rectus straight + et and + inversus, hence ‘in the original order and inverted’. In some forms with substitution of and for Latin et.


rectus et inversus

/ˌrɛktəs ɛt ɪnˈvəːsəs/