Definition of pectus in English:

pectus

noun

  • 1Anatomy and Medicine. The front of the thorax; the chest. In later use frequently attributive, especially in relation to congenital deformities of the chest.

  • 2Entomology. The lower surface of the thorax or prothorax of an insect or a spider.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Blankaart's Physical Dictionary. From classical Latin pectus the breast, the chest, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

pectus

/ˈpɛktəs/