The Pectoral Region

  • Herbert H. Srebnik


A likely etymologic source of the term “pectoral” is pectus, the Latin noun referring to the breast or mammary gland and, by extension, to the chest as a whole. On the other hand, pecten is Latin for comb; the pectoral region, then, may be so named because of the comb-like arrangement of ribs attaching to the sternum.


Internal Thoracic Artery Pectoralis Major Muscle Superficial Fascia Serratus Anterior Muscle Suspensory Ligament 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert H. Srebnik
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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