# What is the technical term for certain circles?

I am writing up some notes on equilateral triangles. I have reached the point where I want to show that a triangle is equilateral if and only if the three circles P, Q, and R, in the above diagram are congruent. I know the proof; my problem is I don't know how to refer to these circles. Is there a technical term I can use when referring to tangent circles such as these?

• Apollonian circles when included in bigger circles. I don't know about triangles. Maybe just inscribed circles. Apr 12, 2013 at 19:42
• I would draw the picture, and just the label the circles by the letters you've just used. As they say, a picture can be worth a thousand words. Probably less, actually, but still better than trying to use some obscure term. Apr 12, 2013 at 19:43
• Related question: math.stackexchange.com/questions/26746/…. They mention kissing circles :-) Apr 12, 2013 at 19:49
• @ChristopherA.Wong. What you suggest is probably what I will do if no one comes up with a succinct term. I was hoping there was some common term that I was ignorant of, not being a professional mathematician. Apr 12, 2013 at 19:50
• @ja72. Thanks for the reference -- "kissing circles" may do although it's just a general synonym of "tangent circles" -- if nothing more specific comes up. Apr 12, 2013 at 19:55