# Totally-geodesic manifold

totally-geodesic submanifold

A submanifold $M^n$ of a Riemannian space $V^N$ such that the geodesic lines (cf. Geodesic line) of $M^n$ are also geodesic lines in $V^N$. A totally-geodesic submanifold is characterized by the fact that for every normal vector of $M^n$ the corresponding second fundamental form vanishes; this is equivalent to the vanishing of all normal curvatures of $M^n$.