- of, in, on, or pertaining to the chest or breast; thoracic.
- worn on the breast or chest.
- proceeding from the heart or inner consciousness.
- Speech. (of a vocal quality) appearing to come from resonance in the chest; full or deep.
- of or for diseases of the lungs.
- Anatomy. a pectoral part or organ, as a pectoral muscle.
- pectoral fin.
- something worn on the breast for ornament, protection, etc., as a breastplate.
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
- of or relating to the chest, breast, or thoraxpectoral fins
- worn on the breast or chesta pectoral medallion
- rare heartfelt or sincere
- 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
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.
- Relating to or situated in the breast or chest.
- Useful in relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract.
- A muscle of the chest, esp. the pectoralis major.
- Located in or attached to the chest, as a pectoral fin or a pectoral muscle.