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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That includes your pectorals (chest), lats (the broad muscle on the sides of your mid-back), triceps, and the muscles around the shoulder blades. Isadora Baum, SELF, "7 Foam Rolling Mistakes You Should Avoid," 16 Mar. 2019 Targets the core, pectorals, deltoids, and triceps. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 This total body move works the upper body—mainly the pectorals—as well as the core and legs, says Brewer. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 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 As part of her treatment, Sharkie received 24/7 care that included medicine and antibiotics, physical therapy and treatment for her wounds on her body and right pectoral flipper. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld: Good news animal story — 'Sharkie' the dolphin set free," 2 July 2018 Souza was put on the disabled list on May 22 with a right pectoral strain. azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. returning to lineup vs. San Diego Padres," 5 July 2018 Price partially tore his left pectoral at the NFL combine in February. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "2018 NFL Draft: See which Ohio State Buckeyes were picked and when," 27 Apr. 2018 Linebacker Jack Cichy, who missed the final seven games of the 2016 season (torn pectoral) and all of last season (torn ACL) was taken by Tampa Bay in the sixth round, No. 202 overall. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Raiders made cornerback Nick Nelson the first of five Wisconsin players drafted," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jones suffered a pectoral injury in an early December game in Detroit, which sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors trade Damian Jones, 2nd-round pick to Hawks for Omari Spellman," 8 July 2019 In December, after center Damian Jones sustained a pectoral injury in Detroit, Bell started to log regular minutes out of necessity. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Jordan Bell: Enigmatic big man might be out of chances with Warriors," 26 June 2019 Damian Jones, another backup center, lasted for just six total minutes in the Western Conference finals after missing five months with a pectoral injury. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "As Warriors’ injuries mount, Stephen Curry is picking up more of the slack," 5 June 2019 Right-hander Shawn Armstrong (oblique strain) is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon, while fellow right-hander Gerson Bautista (pectoral strain) has yet to resume throwing since getting injured in a Cactus League game. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners place closer Hunter Strickland on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain," 30 Mar. 2019 His early men’s collections, meanwhile, helped to define a moody new aesthetic for the gay body, neither prim nor pectoral. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "A Day in Paris with Rick Owens, Fashion’s Coolest Iconoclast," 12 Feb. 2019 AT&T Field The Giants rotation is a mess with Madison Bumgarner (hand) and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) both on the DL, opening up a path for Holland to start. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for April 6," 6 Apr. 2018 Batfish use their pectoral, or side-fins, as 'legs' to 'crawl' on the seafloor to feed on worms, and small crustaceans and fish. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Bizarre deep sea creature washes up on Texas beach, puzzles park rangers," 19 June 2018 Advice: Ohio State C Billy Price could be one of this draft's steals depending on how much his combine pectoral injury knocks his stock down. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Three and out: Kansas City Chiefs' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits," 5 Apr. 2018

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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

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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