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Meaning of PECTORAL

Pronunciation:  'pekturul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an adornment worn on the chest or breast
  2. [n]  either of two large muscles of the chest
  3. [adj]  of or relating to the chest or thorax; "pectoral organ"

PECTORAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: musculus pectoralis, pecs, pectoral medallion, pectoral muscle, pectoralis, thoracic
 See Also: adornment, chest, greater pectoral muscle, musculus pectoralis major, musculus pectoralis minor, pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, pectus, skeletal muscle, smaller pectoral muscle, thorax



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pec"to*ral\, a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, -oris the
    breast; cf. F. pectoral.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral
    2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs;
       as, a pectoral remedy.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as,
       the pectoral sandpiper.
    {Pectoral arch}, or {Pectoral girdle} (Anat.), the two or
       more bony or cartilaginous pieces of the vertebrate
       skeleton to which the fore limbs are articulated; the
       shoulder girdle. In man it consists of two bones, the
       scapula and clavicle, on each side.
    {Pectorial cross} (Eccl.), a cross worn on the breast by
       bishops and abbots, and sometimes also by canons.
    {Pectorial} fins, or {Pectorials} (Zo["o]l.), fins situated
       on the sides, behind the gills. See Illust. under {Fin}.
    {Pectorial rail}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Land rail}
       (b) under {Land}.
    {Pectorial sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), the jacksnipe
       (b) .
  2. \Pec"to*ral\, n. [L. pectorale a breastplate, neut. of
    1. A covering or protecting for the breast.
    2. (Eccl.)
       (a) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high
       (b) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
    3. A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially
       the lungs.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Pertaining to the chest.