pectoral

Definitions

  • Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
    Pectoral Ornament of Usirtasen Iii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pectoral of or relating to the chest or thorax "pectoral organ"
    • n pectoral an adornment worn on the chest or breast
    • n pectoral either of two large muscles of the chest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pectoral (Eccl) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high person.
    • Pectoral (Eccl) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
    • Pectoral A covering or protecting for the breast.
    • Pectoral A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.
    • Pectoral (Zoöl) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.
    • Pectoral Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.
    • Pectoral Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.
    • Pectoral (Anat) See under Pectoral, and Pelvic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pectoral Of, pertaining to, or connected with the breast or chest; thoracic: as, a pectoral muscle, vessel, nerve, etc.; a pectornl limb.
    • pectoral In entomology, pertaining to the pectus or lower surface of the thorax.
    • n pectoral Armor for the breast, excluding the throat and the lower part of the body. A small breastplate worn with other garments, whether concealed or visible.
    • n pectoral An ornament to be worn on the breast; especially, an ornament of an unfamiliar sort, or of a sort to which no special name is given: as an enameled pectoral.
    • n pectoral Eccles.: In the anc. Jewish ritual, a sacerdotal breastplate of richly colored and embroidered cloth, worn by the high priest.
    • n pectoral In the Roman Catholic Church, a square plate of gold, silver, or embroidery, either jeweled or enameled, formerly worn on the breast over the chasuble by bishops during the celebration of the mass.
    • n pectoral A pectoral cross.
    • n pectoral A food, a drink, or a drug supposed to be good for persons having weak lungs.
    • n pectoral A pectoral part or organ. One of the pectoral muscles; a pectoralis.
    • pectoral Figuratively, proceeding from the breast, as of the heart; from the inner consciousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pectoral pek′tō-ral relating to the breast or chest
    • n Pectoral armour for the breast: an ornament worn on the breast, esp. the breastplate worn by the ancient Jewish high-priest, and the square of gold, embroidery, &c. formerly worn on the breast over the chasuble by bishops during mass: a pectoral cross: a pectoral fin: a medicine for the chest
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, -oris, the breast; cf. F. pectoral,

Usage

In literature:

T T. Lesser pectoral muscles.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
It can thus move about as rapidly as in its usual position, by aid of its pectoral fins.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Running between and from the pectoral fins a thick, fleshy process continues right up underneath the jaw.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
His gold pectoral cross was set with emeralds and rubies.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Sophia looked at Tilia and noticed that she wore a small smile of satisfaction and was fingering her jeweled pectoral cross.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The pectoral fins are simply laid flat to the side in making the cast.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Of Bateman's Pectoral Drops more divergent versions existed than of any of the others.
"Old English Patent Medicines in America" by George B. Griffenhagen
Mr. Lea knows more about him and has better materials than the ponderous professor of pectoral theology.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
In all bats the presternum has a prominent keel for the attachment of the great pectoral muscles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
When Coughs were slight, guarding against further Cold, and the Use of mild Pectorals and warm Drinks, removed them.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
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In poetry:

There's a slice near the PICKEREL'S pectoral fins,
Where the thorax leaves off and the venter begins,
Which his brother, survivor of fish-hooks and lines,
Though fond of his family, never declines.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Mets Santana strains pectoral muscle.
He has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle and is listed as day-to-day.
Browns confirm linebacker D'Qwell Jackson injured pectoral muscle.
Texas DE Jeffcoat out for season with torn pectoral muscle .
Redskins' Brian Orakpo to miss season with torn left pectoral muscle .
Redskins 'relieved' Brian Orakpo didn't re-tear pectoral muscle .
Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin dealing with nerve issue in pectoral muscle .
Brian Orakpo has a strained pectoral muscle .
Marvin Austin tears pectoral muscle .
Mets Santana strains pectoral muscle .
Browns confirm linebacker D'Qwell Jackson injured pectoral muscle .
Tarvaris Jackson earned the respect of his Seahawks teammates by playing through much of the 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle on his right side.
OLB Bryan Thomas strains pectoral muscle.
In the past two years, Jackson has torn both of his pectoral muscles and missed 26 consecutive games.
Linebacker Bryan Thomas, the longest-tenured player on the Jets, will have an MRI exam Monday afternoon to determine the extent of damage to a pectoral muscle, a source said.
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In science:

The head is equipped with side wings mimicking the pectoral fins dedicated to control a nimal roll and pitch.
The eel-like robot
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