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Pectoralis Major

Descriptions of Pectoralis Major

Pectoralis Major: a skeletal muscle that adducts and rotates the arm
Source: WordNet 2.1

Summary Information: Pectoralis Major

Pectoralis Major: The pectoralis major is a paired muscle found in the upper anterior chest area that helps to give shape to the breasts. The pectoralis major originates from the clavicle, sternum and the external oblique muscles and inserts on the humerus. The pectoralis major includes upper, middle, and lower fibers. As a whole, the pectoralis major adducts, medially rotates the humerus. Individual groups of fibers also flex and extend the humerus. These motions are needed for such activities as doing push-ups, arm wrestling, and lifting a toddler. The pectoralis major is innervated by the lateral pectoral nerve and the medial pectoral nerve.

Conditions that can afflict the pectoralis major include rupture of the pectoralis major tendon, myalga, repetitive strain injury, tears, strains, myopathy, atrophy, infectious myositis, neuromuscular diseases, lacerations and contusions.

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Other Names: Pectoralis Major

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Sub Parts: Pectoralis Major

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