pectoral

noun
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

pectoral

adjective

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 Targets the core, triceps, deltoids, and pectorals. 8. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 Hinch said Correa and Sanchez are done for the month because of the nature of their injuries – back discomfort for Correa, a sore right pectoral for Sanchez – and the approach of the September expanded rosters. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa, Aaron Sanchez out until September," 21 Aug. 2019 Williams and Tartt have yet to practice this week for a defense that lost starting inside linebacker Kwon Alexander (torn pectoral) for the season in October. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Slew of injuries could put hurt on 49ers’ second-ranked defense," 12 Dec. 2019 Now, a new study published in Royal Society Open Science has offered the first concrete evidence of humpbacks using their pectorals for another purpose: herding fish into their mouths. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch Humpback Whales Scoop Fish Into Their Mouths Using Their Fins," 17 Oct. 2019 The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year injured his left pectoral while making a tackle on Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs on Sunday. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt says pectoral surgery 'went smooth'," 29 Oct. 2019 With the help of new technologies, Kosma and her colleagues sought to document a unique role of humpback pectorals from a perspective that was not available to earlier researchers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch Humpback Whales Scoop Fish Into Their Mouths Using Their Fins," 17 Oct. 2019 In contrast, the pectorals of other whales are only one-seventh the length of their bodies. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "‘Bingo!’ In a remarkable first, humpback whales spied using their fins to scoop up fish," 15 Oct. 2019 Missouri must try to slow down that running game without linebacker Cale Garrett, who injured his pectoral tendon last week in a 42-10 victory over Troy. Brian Rippee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plumlee helps lead revitalized Ole Miss rushing attack," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Janovich sustained a pectoral injury in the preseason opener at Seattle and missed the first three regular-season games. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: Drew Lock’s offseason “mindset” is simple — prepare as if he’s ‘The Guy’," 27 Dec. 2019 While running back Josh Jacobs returned from a shoulder injury to log 24 carries Sunday, right tackle Trent Brown remained out with a pectoral injury. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ offense stalling in second half," 16 Dec. 2019 If that weren’t impressive enough, the Steelers have coped with losing star defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt in Week 6 to a season-ending pectoral injury. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts say injuries aren’t an excuse for 2019 tailspin but are they?," 12 Dec. 2019 The inside linebacker left the game in the first quarter with what was announced as a pectoral injury. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 31-24 win over Cowboys," 6 Dec. 2019 Ford returned from a hamstring injury, Alexander returned from a pectoral injury, and Jaquiski Tartt returned from a ribs injury. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ defense slows Aaron Rodgers, leads San Francisco to Super Bowl LIV," 19 Jan. 2020 The 2019 third-round pick did not suit up as a rookie following a pectoral injury in the spring and another pec injury in August during training camp. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys G Connor McGovern made the most of a rookie season spent rehabbing from pectoral injuries," 10 Jan. 2020 The Raiders placed former Patriot Trent Brown (pectoral injury) on season-ending injured reserve, one day after the big right tackle was named to his first Pro Bowl . . . BostonGlobe.com, "The Jacksonville Jaguars fired," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pectoral

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pectoral

Adjective

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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“Pectoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectoral. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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pectoral

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pectoral

technical : relating to or located on the chest

pectoral

noun
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

pectoral

adjective

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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