Definition of Greater pectoral muscle

1. Noun. A skeletal muscle that adducts and rotates the arm.




Medical Definition of Greater pectoral muscle

1. Origin, clavicular part (pars clavicularis), medial half of clavicle; sternocostal part (pars sternocostalis), anterior surface of manubrium and body of sternum and cartilages of first to sixth ribs; abdominal part (pars abdominalis), aponeurosis of external oblique; insertion, crest of greater tubercle of humerus; action, adducts and medially rotates arm; nerve supply, anterior thoracic. Synonym: musculus pectoralis major, greater pectoral muscle. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Greater Pectoral Muscle

greater galago
greater galagos
greater good
greater horn of hyoid bone
greater knapweed
greater kudu
greater masterwort
greater multangular bone
greater occipital nerve
greater omentum
greater palatine artery
greater palatine canal
greater palatine foramen
greater palatine groove
greater palatine nerve
greater pectoral muscle (current term)
greater pelvis
greater peritoneal cavity
greater peritoneal sac
greater petrosal nerve
greater pichiciego
greater posterior rectus muscle of head
greater prairie chicken
greater psoas muscle
greater rhomboid muscle
greater ring of iris
greater saphenous vein
greater saphenous veins
greater scaup
greater scaups

Literary usage of Greater pectoral muscle

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1. Forms of Animal Life: A Manual of Comparative Anatomy : with Descriptions of by George Rolleston, William Hatchett Jackson (1888)
"greater pectoral muscle of left side, arising along nearly the entire length of the sternum from the manubrium anteriorly down nearly to the leaf-shaped ..."

2. An Elementary Treatise on Human Anatomy by Joseph Leidy (1889)
"Its anterior surface is in contact with the greater pectoral muscle ; its posterior surface with the ribs, intercostal and serratus muscles, and is next the ..."

3. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1885)
"Above, on the outer edge, some muscular fibres came off from the musculus sternalis, and passing outwards form part of the greater pectoral muscle. ..."

4. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians by Association of American Physicians (1900)
"... interposed between the deep surface of the greater pectoral muscle and the ribs. "Beneath the parietal pleura is a cellular tissue rich in lymphatics. ..."

5. The Plates of Maclise's Surgical anatomy with descriptions by Joseph Maclise (1857)
"Thoracic half of the greater pectoral muscle, 10. Coracoid attachment of the lesser pectoral muscle. 10*. Coracoid process of the scapula. 11. ..."

6. Essentials of anatomy and manual of practical dissection together with the by Charles Beylard Nancrede (1894)
"I.—Thoracic half of the greater pectoral muscle. K.—Coracoid attachment of the lesser pectoral muscle. K .*—Coracoid process of the scapula. ..."

7. On the Operative Surgery of Malignant Disease by Henry Trentham Butlin (1900)
"It ensures the removal of the pectoral fascia, and clears away the tissues beneath the greater pectoral muscle, and opens up that part of the axilla which ..."

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