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pectoral

[ pek-ter-uhl ]
/ ˈpɛk tər əl /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of pectoral

1400–50; (noun) late Middle English <Latin pectorāle, noun use of neuter of pectorālis of the breast (pector-, stem of pectus breast + -ālis-al1); (adj.) <Latin pectorālis

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British Dictionary definitions for pectoral

pectoral
/ (ˈpɛktərəl) /

adjective
of or relating to the chest, breast, or thoraxpectoral fins
worn on the breast or chesta pectoral medallion
rare heartfelt or sincere
noun
a pectoral organ or part, esp a muscle or fin
a medicine or remedy for disorders of the chest or lungs
anything worn on the chest or breast for decoration or protection

Derived forms of pectoral

pectorally, adverb

Word Origin for pectoral

C15: from Latin pectorālis, from pectus breast
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Medical definitions for pectoral

pectoral
[ pĕktər-əl ]

adj.
Relating to or situated in the breast or chest.
Useful in relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract.
n.
A muscle of the chest, esp. the pectoralis major.
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Scientific definitions for pectoral

pectoral
[ pĕktər-əl ]

Located in or attached to the chest, as a pectoral fin or a pectoral muscle.
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