pectus pec·tus (pěk'təs)
n. pl. pec·to·ra (pěk'tə-rə)
The chest, especially the anterior wall; breast; thorax.
Minimo tangetur, inquit ille (manibus in pectus compositis) usque ad illam horam—Quam horam?
Prudentius, Peristeph., 1027: "pectus sacrato dividunt venabulo."
The under side of the thorax is frequently spoken of by writers, in describing butterflies, as the pectus, or breast.
Oblitus in 18 indicates that pectus is virtually equivalent to 'mind' or even 'memory'.
Neander's motto, "pectus est, quod theologum facit," unfolds his whole theological system and life-career.
The motto adopted by him as best describing his own aim and method, was that of St. Augustine: "pectus est quod facit theologum."
pectus est quod disertos facit—It is the heart which inspires eloquence.
Minimo tangetur, inquit ille (manibus in pectus compositis) usque ad illam horam———Quam horam?
In Ovid it often has the sense 'poetic feeling', as at xii 16 'pectus habere neger'.
When the whole under-side of the Trunk is spoken of, it is called the pectus.