pectoral muscle


Definition of pectoral muscle

: any of the muscles which connect the ventral walls of the chest with the bones of the upper arm and shoulder and of which there are two on each side of the human body

Examples of pectoral muscle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A week after their best cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, tore a pectoral muscle in a season-ending injury, the Ravens dealt with another hit of attrition when fullback Patrick Ricard and tight end Nick Boyle were unable to play because of a knee injury. Childs Walker,, 12 Dec. 2021 Humphrey, who tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been one of the league’s most versatile, physical and durable cornerbacks. Jonas Shaffer,, 10 Dec. 2021 Colt McCoy, who was questionable for the game because of a pectoral muscle injury, is expected to start for the third consecutive game. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2021 To make matters worse, Elliott tore his biceps and pectoral muscle and is likely out for the season. Mike Preston,, 7 Nov. 2021 Daniels has missed several games with a lingering core issue followed by a pectoral muscle strain, though Georgia coach Kirby Smart hinted that the quarterback may be back in action soon. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Danny Shelton hurt a pectoral muscle, and wide receiver/kick returner C.J. Board broke an arm. Tom Canavan,, 19 Oct. 2021 Roethlisberger has an injury to a pectoral muscle, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday., 22 Sep. 2021 Driscoll strained a pectoral muscle in the Eagles’ preseason finale. Mark Inabinett |, al, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of pectoral muscle

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pectoral muscle was in 1615

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20 Jan 2022

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“Pectoral muscle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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