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

In June, Williams withdrew from the French Open due to an injury in her pectoral muscle; for the U.S. Open, officials have given her a seeding boost. Vogue, "The 2018 U.S. Open Is Here: Who’s Playing When, and How to Watch," 27 Aug. 2018 Activate the pectoral muscles by using your arms to tightly squeeze the ball., "Build strength without moving a muscle with this isometric routine," 3 July 2018 Price suffered a partially torn left pectoral muscle while doing the bench press at the NFL combine on March 1 and had surgery on March 6. Doug Lesmerises,, "Doctor clears Billy Price to be ready for training camp after pectoral injury," 25 Apr. 2018 Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown was traded, two guards were lost to injury and the Texans right tackle never even got a chance to play after tearing two pectoral muscles in the offseason. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Just how good is the AFC South?," 11 Jan. 2018 At the French Open, Williams dropped out before her fourth round match against Maria Sharapova due to a right pectoral muscle injury. Jenna West,, "2018 Wimbledon TV Schedule," 1 July 2018 Both pitchers will face outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who has been out with a recurring pectoral muscle injury. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo focusing on Brad Boxberger’s workload," 8 June 2018 But perhaps a result of overplaying, Serena tweaked her right pectoral muscle during the middle weekend and pulled out of her round of 16 match against Maria Sharapova. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From Roland Garros 2018," 10 June 2018 But Williams has been clear that her exit was due to a painful injury in her pectoral muscle that was aggravated during a match yesterday., "No, Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova Aren't Feuding," 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pectoral muscle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pectoral muscle

1615, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pectoral muscle

Share pectoral muscle

Statistics for pectoral muscle

Last Updated

16 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pectoral muscle

The first known use of pectoral muscle was in 1615

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pectoral muscle

pectoral muscle


Medical Definition of pectoral muscle 

Comments on pectoral muscle

What made you want to look up pectoral muscle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!