[pek-ter-uh l] /ˈpɛk tər əl/
of, in, on, or pertaining to the chest or breast; thoracic.
worn on the breast or chest.
proceeding from the heart or inner consciousness.
Speech. (of a vocal quality) appearing to come from resonance in the chest; full or deep.
of or for diseases of the lungs.
Anatomy. a pectoral part or organ, as a pectoral muscle.
something worn on the breast for ornament, protection, etc., as a breastplate.
of or relating to the chest, breast, or thorax: pectoral fins
worn on the breast or chest: a pectoral medallion
(rare) heartfelt or sincere
a pectoral organ or part, esp a muscle or fin
a medicine or remedy for disorders of the chest or lungs
anything worn on the chest or breast for decoration or protection
1570s, “pertaining to the breast,” from Latin pectoralis “of the breast,” from pectus (genitive pectoris) “breast, chest,” from PIE root *peg- “breast.”
early 15c., “ornament worn on the breast,” from Middle French pectoral and directly from Latin pectorale “breastplate,” noun use of neuter of adjective pectoralis (see pectoral (adj.)).
As a shortened form of pectoral muscle, attested from 1758. Slang shortening pec for this is first recorded 1966. Related: Pectorals; pecs.
pectoral pec·to·ral (pěk’tər-əl)
Located in or attached to the chest, as a pectoral fin or a pectoral muscle.
noun, Ecclesiastical. 1. a cross worn on the breast by various prelates, as a designation of office.
noun 1. (in fishes) either of a pair of fins usually situated behind the head, one on each side, and corresponding to the forelimbs of higher vertebrates. noun 1. either of a pair of fins, situated just behind the head in fishes, that help to control the direction of movement during locomotion
noun 1. (in vertebrates) a bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs. 2. Also called shoulder girdle. (in humans) the bony arch formed by the clavicles, or collarbones, and scapulas, or shoulder blades. noun 1. a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached pectoral girdle n. A bony […]
[pek-tuh-ral-is, -rey-lis, -rah-] /ˌpɛk təˈræl ɪs, -ˈreɪ lɪs, -ˈrɑ-/ noun, plural pectorales [pek-tuh-ral-eez, -rey-leez, -rah-] /ˌpɛk təˈræl iz, -ˈreɪ liz, -ˈrɑ-/ (Show IPA). Anatomy. 1. either of two muscles on each side of the upper and anterior part of the thorax, the action of the larger (pectoralis major) assisting in drawing the shoulder forward and […]