pectoral

[ pek-ter-uh l ]
/ ˈpɛk tər əl /
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adjective

noun

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 pectorals

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 Formspectorally, adverb

Word Origin for pectoral

C15: from Latin pectorālis, from pectus breast
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Medicine definitions for pectorals

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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Science definitions for pectorals

pectoral

[ pĕktər-əl ]

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