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pectinibranchiate | pectinidae | pectiniform | pectize | pectolite | pectoral | pectoral arch | pectoral fin | pectoral girdle | pectoral medallion | pectoral muscle



Adjective, Noun


pectorala. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, -oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.].
  •  Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.  [1913 Webster]
Pectoral arch, or Pectoral girdle (Anat.), the two or more bony or cartilaginous pieces of the vertebrate skeleton to which the fore limbs are articulated; the shoulder girdle. In man it consists of two bones, the scapula and clavicle, on each side. -- Pectoral cross (Eccl.), a cross worn on the breast by bishops and abbots, and sometimes also by canons. -- Pectoral fins, or Pectorals (Zoöl.), fins situated on the sides, behind the gills. See Illust. under Fin. -- Pectoral rail. (Zoöl.) See Land rail (b) under Land. -- Pectoral sandpiper (Zoöl.), the jacksnipe (b).
pectoraln. [L. pectorale a breastplate, neut. of pectoralis.].
  •  A covering or protecting for the breast.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high person.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.  [1913 Webster]


pectoral, adj. & n.
1 of or relating to the breast or chest; thoracic (pectoral fin; pectoral muscle).
2 worn on the chest (pectoral cross).
1 (esp. in pl.) a pectoral muscle.
2 a pectoral fin.
3 an ornamental breastplate esp. of a Jewish high priest.

ME f. OF f. L pectorale (n.), pectoralis (adj.) f. pectus pectoris breast, chest

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