Definition of Pectoralis minor

1. Noun. A skeletal muscle that draws down the scapula or raises the ribs.

Definition of Pectoralis minor

1. Noun. The muscle that covers the heart organ. ¹

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Medical Definition of Pectoralis minor

1. Origin, third to fifth ribs at the costochondral articulations; insertion, tip of coracoid process of scapula; action, draws down scapula or raises ribs; nerve supply, medial pectoral nerve. Synonym: musculus pectoralis minor, smaller pectoral muscle. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pectoralis Minor

pectoral glands
pectoral group of axillary lymph nodes
pectoral medallion
pectoral muscle
pectoral muscles
pectoral reflex
pectoral region
pectoral ridge
pectoral sandpiper
pectoral vein
pectoral veins
pectoralis major
pectoralis majors
pectoralis minor (current term)
pectoralis muscles
pectorodorsal muscle
pectorodorsalis muscle
pectosic acid

Literary usage of Pectoralis minor

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"Below, it is thin, and at the upper border of the pectoralis minor it splits into two layers to invest the muscle ; from the lower border of the Pectoralis ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"The pectoralis minor is now exposed, and immediately above it, in the interval ... It occupies the interval between the pectoralis minor and Subclavius, ..."

3. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"Clean the pectoralis minor muscle without injuring the medial anterior thoracic ... M. pectoralis minor.—The pectoralis minor is a triangular muscle which ..."

4. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by John Bell, Charles Bell (1829)
"... is converted into its origin, and the scapula being fixed, it expands the ribs, and performs inspiration. LXX. The pectoralis minor lies under the pec- ..."

5. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1905)
"latter muscle, and this separation is further accentuated in man and the anthropoid apes by migration of the deep pectoralis minor insertion from the ..."

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