Pectoral girdle

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 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pectoral girdle — n the bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs of a vertebrate that corresponds to the pelvic girdle of the hind limbs but is usu. not attached to the spinal column and that consists in lower forms of a single cartilage on each side… …   Medical dictionary

  • pectoral girdle — n. Anat. Zool. the bony or cartilaginous structures to which the forelimbs (or arms) of a vertebrate are attached …   English World dictionary

  • Pectoral girdle — Infobox Bone Name = Pectoral girdle Latin = cingulum pectorale GraySubject = GrayPage = Caption = Human pectoral girdle Caption2 = |fhbfzd Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = |hxjhg Lymph = MeshName = MeshNumber = DorlandsPre = c 35… …   Wikipedia

  • pectoral girdle — the bony support of the pectoral fin behind the gills and usually attached to the posterior part of the skull; the shoulder girdle. Composed of the following basic elements (some of which may be lost): coracoid, scapula, pterygials, postcleithrum …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pectoral girdle — noun a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached • Hypernyms: ↑girdle • Part Holonyms: ↑appendicular skeleton • Part Meronyms: ↑shoulder girdle, ↑pectoral arch …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 girdle — noun Date: circa 1890 shoulder girdle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pectoral girdle — noun The bony or cartilaginous assembly that supports the forelimbs in vertebrates Syn: shoulder girdle …   Wiktionary

  • pectoral girdle — see shoulder girdle …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • pectoral girdle — pec′toral gir′dle n. anat. the compound bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs or analogous parts in vertebrates • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

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