pec·​to·​ral | \ ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce pectoral (audio) \

Definition of pectoral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worn on the breast



Definition of pectoral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, situated in or on, or worn on the chest
2 : coming from the breast or heart as the seat of emotion

Examples of pectoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Williams will help ease a lot of fears with both starting cornerbacks, Marcus Peters (knee) and Marlon Humphrey (pectoral), returning from major season-ending injuries a year ago. Mike Preston,, 16 Mar. 2022 Gregory had the tattoo imprinted on his right forearm, while Michael has it above his left pectoral. Edward Lee,, 9 Jan. 2022 Safety Charles Washington was activated from the IR in addition to Edmonds, and cornerback Robert Alford (pectoral) was placed on that list with Hopkins. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 19 Dec. 2021 Roethlisberger is expected to play despite battling pectoral, hip and right shoulder issues. Colleen Kane,, 8 Nov. 2021 Coach Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger is dealing with an injury to his left pectoral, leaving his participation in practice this week in question., 21 Sep. 2021 In 2019 Robert Alford suffered a tibia fracture and in 2020 tore his chest pectoral. Kamryn Walker, The Arizona Republic, 30 July 2021 The loss of second-year tackle Hakeem Adeniji (pectoral) hurts the team’s depth at tackle. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 27 July 2021 The Sox are already without two starting outfielders, Luis Robert (hip) and Eloy Jimenez (pectoral), who have long-term injuries. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Among those making the cut was Morgan Hoffman, who has been battling facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (which has atrophied his pectoral muscles) since 2016. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 27 June 2022 That means during strength training your triceps help your bigger muscles, like your pectoral muscles and deltoids, in exercises like the bench press or chest press, or the shoulder or overhead press. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 15 June 2022 News of Rhodes’ pectoral injury is potentially cataclysmic for WWE. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Chao said a ruptured pectoral tendon prevents a player from wrapping up an opponent. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2022 Waynes missed his entire first season with a pectoral injury. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 21 Mar. 2022 Eric Fisher has been declared inactive after battling knee, toe and pectoral injuries all week. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Jan. 2022 The 39-year-old is dealing with a left pectoral issue sustained at some point against the Raiders. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 26 Sep. 2021 The 29-year-old suffered a pectoral injury that forced him to miss the entire 2020 season. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pectoral


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pectoral


Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin pectoralis, from pector-, pectus breast; akin to Tocharian A päśšäm breasts, Old Irish ucht breast

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pec·​to·​ral | \ ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce pectoral (audio) \

Medical Definition of pectoral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pectoral part or organ especially : pectoralis
2 : a medicinal substance for treating diseases of the respiratory tract



Medical Definition of pectoral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or occurring in or on the chest pectoral arch
2 : relating to or good for diseases of the respiratory tract a pectoral syrup

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