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 The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year injured his left pectoral while making a tackle on Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs on Sunday. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt says pectoral surgery 'went smooth'," 29 Oct. 2019 With the help of new technologies, Kosma and her colleagues sought to document a unique role of humpback pectorals from a perspective that was not available to earlier researchers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch Humpback Whales Scoop Fish Into Their Mouths Using Their Fins," 17 Oct. 2019 In contrast, the pectorals of other whales are only one-seventh the length of their bodies. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "‘Bingo!’ In a remarkable first, humpback whales spied using their fins to scoop up fish," 15 Oct. 2019 Missouri must try to slow down that running game without linebacker Cale Garrett, who injured his pectoral tendon last week in a 42-10 victory over Troy. Brian Rippee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plumlee helps lead revitalized Ole Miss rushing attack," 8 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan said there’s a chance Alexander sustained a pectoral injury. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers fear Kwon Alexander might have pectoral injury," 31 Oct. 2019 Multiple reports indicated Watt had suffered a torn pectoral injury. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Texans DE J.J. Watt out for rest of NFL season after injury," 28 Oct. 2019 But Williams withdrew shortly before the match was scheduled to begin, citing a pectoral injury. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Serena Williams Will Play Maria Sharapova in First Round of U.S. Open," 22 Aug. 2019 Rams Micah Kiser, a projected starting inside linebacker for the Rams, suffered a left pectoral injury in Saturday’s preseason defeat by the Dallas Cowboys that will require surgery Tuesday, and there is no timeline for his return. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Recapping Sunday’s activity," 19 Aug. 2019 Janovich played eight offensive snaps and four special teams snaps before leaving with a left pectoral injury. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Ten takeaways from the Broncos’ loss to Seattle; Jano hurt," 9 Aug. 2019 The gratuitous looks at the pectoral region is just a bonus. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Hot daddy Batty: Batman #79 artist talks Bruce Wayne's beefcake beach bod," 17 Sep. 2019 Kepler was pulled after one inning because of pectoral pain, and Sano was unavailable because of back soreness — which is why he didn’t pinch hit with two on and two out against closer Brad Hand in the ninth. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Indians energized after taking series from Twins with 5-2 win," 8 Sep. 2019 Micah Kiser required surgery after suffering a pectoral injury during the preseason, so Bryce Hager will take Barron’s spot at inside linebacker. Los Angeles Times, "Are the Rams ready to take the last step in 2019?," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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“Pectoral.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectorals. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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