pectoral

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noun

pec·​to·​ral ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce pectoral (audio)
1
: something worn on the breast
2

pectoral

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adjective

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
The Significance Of King Tut’s Pectoral Scarab The elaborate golden pectoral is adorned with a bright yellow gemstone that makes up the scarab, a type of beetle. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 The glass was formed when a meteorite exploded into the sand in the eastern Sahara and made this stunning piece of glass later carved into a scarab and added to adorn this ceremonial pectoral, says Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at The American University in Cairo. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 The Chiefs, meanwhile, are without a few key players, notably All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney (pectoral) and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (triceps), both of whom were ruled out Friday. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 Reid has yet to count out guard Joe Thuney (pectoral) but Nick Allegretti is in line to start at left guard. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 The light hitting the sheen of sweat on his pectorals. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Questionable are wide receiver Skyy Moore (knee), guard Joe Thuney (pectoral) and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho (quadriceps); Thuney has not practiced all week. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 Chiefs safety Mike Edwards (concussion), linebacker Willie Gay (neck) and guard Joe Thuney (pectoral) left the Bills game with injuries. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 On a strong person, what at first appear to be bulging pectorals are in reality two bulging brains. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Another curious and stunning piece found in the tomb was King Tut’s central pectoral scarab. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 Thuney didn't play against the Ravens because of a pectoral injury. Mark Anderson, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2024 The Chiefs’ injury report Friday said left guard Joe Thuney was out for the Super Bowl because of a pectoral injury suffered against the Bills in the playoffs. Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star, 10 Feb. 2024 Left guard Joe Thuney, perhaps the Chiefs’ best offensive lineman, suffered a pectoral injury against the Bills and will not play. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 The All-Pro suffered a pectoral injury against the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 The Ravens will still be at a health disadvantage after a costly season opener in which running back J.K. Dobbins tore his Achilles tendon, safety Marcus Williams suffered a pectoral injury, center Tyler Linderbaum sprained his ankle and left tackle Ronnie Stanley sprained his knee. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The whale was doing what’s called pec-slapping, or slapping the water with its pectoral flippers, which are the two fins in front. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2023 Cowboys add depth to interior defensive line with NT Johnathan Hankins (pectoral strain) expected to miss rest of regular season. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pectoral was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pectoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectoral. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pectoral

adjective
pec·​to·​ral
ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl
: of, relating to, or situated in, near, or on the chest

Medical Definition

pectoral

1 of 2 noun
pec·​to·​ral ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce pectoral (audio)
1
: a pectoral part or organ
especially : pectoralis
2
: a medicinal substance for treating diseases of the respiratory tract

pectoral

2 of 2 adjective
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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