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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pectus mean? 

PECTUS (noun)
  The noun PECTUS has 1 sense:

1. the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates

  Familiarity information: PECTUS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PECTUS (noun)

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The part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates

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Nouns denoting body parts


chest; pectus; thorax

Hypernyms ("pectus" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Meronyms (parts of "pectus"):

breast (the front part of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen)

chest cavity; thoracic cavity (the cavity in the vertebrate body enclosed by the ribs between the diaphragm and the neck and containing the lungs and heart)

musculus pectoralis; pecs; pectoral; pectoral muscle; pectoralis (either of two large muscles of the chest)

area of cardiac dullness (a triangular area of the front of the chest (determined by percussion); corresponds to the part of the heart not covered by the lungs)

gallbladder (a muscular sac attached to the liver that secretes bile and stores it until needed for digestion)

thoracic vein; vena thoracica (veins that drain the thoracic walls)

thoracic aorta (a branch of the descending aorta; divides into the iliac arteries)

breastbone; sternum (the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs)

rib cage (the bony enclosing wall of the chest)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pectus"):

bust; female chest (the chest of a woman)

male chest (the chest of a man)

Holonyms ("pectus" is a part of...):

craniate; vertebrate (animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium)

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)

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