Pectoral arch
Pectoral Pec"to*ral (p[e^]k"t[-o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, -oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster]

2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper. [1913 Webster]

{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.

{Pectoral cross} (Eccl.), a cross worn on the breast by bishops and abbots, and sometimes also by canons.

{Pectoral fins}, or {Pectorals} (Zo["o]l.), fins situated on the sides, behind the gills. See Illust. under {Fin}.

{Pectoral rail}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Land rail} (b) under {Land}.

{Pectoral sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), the jacksnipe (b) . [1913 Webster]


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  • pectoral arch — noun the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans • Syn: ↑shoulder girdle • Hypernyms: ↑arch • Part Holonyms: ↑pectoral girdle * * * noun see pectoral girdle * …   Useful english dictionary

  • pectoral arch — /pɛktrəl ˈatʃ/ (say pektruhl ahch) noun 1. (in vertebrates) a bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs. 2. (in a human) the bony arch, formed by the collarbone and shoulderblade, which attaches the upper extremity to the axial skeleton …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pectoral — Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pectoral cross — Pectoral Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pectoral fins — Pectoral Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pectoral girdle — Pectoral Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pectoral rail — Pectoral Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pectoral sandpiper — Pectoral Pec to*ral (p[e^]k t[ o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pectoral girdle — 1. (in vertebrates) a bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs. 2. Also called shoulder girdle. (in humans) the bony arch formed by the clavicles, or collarbones, and scapulas, or shoulder blades. Also called pectoral arch. [1885 90] * …   Universalium

  • pectoral — Relating to the chest. [L. pectoralis; fr. pectus, breast bone] * * * pec·to·ral pek t(ə )rəl n 1) a pectoral part or organ esp PECTORALIS 2) a medicinal substance for treating diseases of the respiratory tract pectoral …   Medical dictionary

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