Origin of pectoral
Examples from the Web for pectorals
Contemporary Examples of pectorals
Without a Cowell to roll her eyes at and slap on the pectorals, many wondered whether Paula's act would resonate.Paula Abdul's Live To Dance Comeback
January 5, 2011
Baggy, pedestrian clothing hides their lean muscles; there are no perceptible rock-like calves, no prominent triceps or pectorals.Up in the Air
January 21, 2010
Historical Examples of pectorals
When swimming slowly it is chiefly by the use of the pectorals.
Pectorals, wild cherry preparations, etc., are cheaply made.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
These qualities, combined with a slight astringency, have led to their use as pectorals, known as Sebestens.
Here the affected muscles are the intercostals, and in some cases the pectorals as well.
Indeed, in man the region occupied by the pectorals is very broad; it is a wide surface turned directly forward.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
Word Origin for pectoral
1570s, "pertaining to the breast," from Latin pectoralis "of the breast," from pectus (genitive pectoris) "breast, chest," from PIE root *peg- "breast."
early 15c., "ornament worn on the breast," from Middle French pectoral and directly from Latin pectorale "breastplate," noun use of neuter of adjective pectoralis (see pectoral (adj.)).
As a shortened form of pectoral muscle, attested from 1758. Slang shortening pec for this is first recorded 1966. Related: Pectorals; pecs.