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 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 The latest such example was revealed by Pete's go-to tattoo artist, London Reese, who posted a photo of a shirtless Pete on Instagram featuring a giant shark on his left pectoral. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's New Shark Tattoo Covers His Old One," 28 Aug. 2018 Harbour had a breakout role last year as the slovenly sheriff in Stranger Things, where his pectorals were not necessarily in danger of ripping through his shirt. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "David Harbour Looks Insane as Hellboy. Here's How He Did It.," 18 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is the second major blow to the White Sox outfield this season, after Eloy Jimenez suffered a torn pectoral tendon at the very end of spring training. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Three Strikes: AL Central teams might have to lean on untested rookies," 4 May 2021 Eloy Jiménez is expected to miss most of the season after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in an exhibition game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Yankees-Astros MLB 2021 live stream (5/4): How to watch online, TV info, time," 4 May 2021 The White Sox were already without slugging outfielder Eloy Jiménez, who is expected to miss most of the season after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in spring training. Andrew Seligman, ajc, "White Sox's Robert could miss rest of year with hip injury," 4 May 2021 Sternes was researching studying shark’s pectoral fins, trying to understand their purpose. Los Angeles Times, "Drones show California’s great white sharks are closer — and more common — than you think," 4 May 2021 Chicago is already without LF Eloy Jiménez, who is expected to miss five to six months after rupturing his left pectoral tendon trying to make a leaping grab during an exhibition game March 24 against Oakland. Sarah Trotto, Star Tribune, "Ramirez, Hernandez homer as Indians blank White Sox 5-0," 2 May 2021 Terry Crews is known for his extremely muscular physique and signature move of shaking his pectoral muscles, but the star's love of fitness started out of survival. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Terry Crews started lifting to protect himself from abusive dad: 'I thought I'd have to fight him'," 7 Apr. 2021 The eagle shark was likely a slow swimmer that used its tail fin to propel itself and its pectoral fins to maneuver—and maybe add extra speed. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "This eagle shark once soared through ancient seas near Mexico," 18 Mar. 2021 The high-speed wing clapping in some species requires extra fast and powerful wing pectoral muscles—which are highly sensitive to the male hormone androgen. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The genes behind the sexiest birds on the planet," 3 Mar. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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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