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pectoral

noun pec·to·ral \ ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of pectoral

1 : something worn on the breast

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First Known Use of pectoral

15th century


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pectoral

adjective

Definition of pectoral

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

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Origin and Etymology of pectoral

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


PECTORAL Defined for English Language Learners

pectoral

adjective

Definition of pectoral for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or located on the chest


Medical Dictionary

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pectoral

noun pec·to·ral \ ˈpek-t(ə-)rəl \

medical Definition of pectoral

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

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pectoral

adjective

medical Definition of pectoral

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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