Pectinate claw(Zoöl.), a claw having a serrate edge, found in some birds, and supposed to be used in cleaning the feathers.

(Pec"ti*nate*ly) adv. In a pectinate manner.

(Pec`ti*na"tion) n.

1. The state of being pectinated; that which is pectinated. Sir T. Browne.

2. The act of combing; the combing of the head.

3. (Nat. Hist.) Comblike toothing.

(Pec*tin"e*al) a. [See Pecten.] (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to the pecten. (b) Relating to, or connected with, the pubic bone.

(Pec*tin"i*branch) n. (Zoöl.) One of the Pectinibranchiata. Also used adjectively.

(||Pec`ti*ni*bran`chi*a"ta) n. pl. [NL. See Pecten, and Branchia.] (Zoöl.) A division of Gastropoda, including those that have a comblike gill upon the neck.

(Pec`ti*ni*bran"chi*ate) a. [L. pecten, -inis, a comb + E. branchiate.] (Zoöl.) Having pectinated gills.

(Pec*tin"i*form) a. Comblike in form.

(Pec*tize") v. i. To congeal; to change into a gelatinous mass. [R.] H. Spencer.

(Pec"to*lite) n. [L. pecten a comb + -lite.] (Min.) A whitish mineral occurring in radiated or fibrous crystalline masses. It is a hydrous silicate of lime and soda.

(Pec"to*ral) a. [L. pectoralis, fr. pectus, -oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.]

1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.

2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.

3. (Zoöl.) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.

Pectoral arch, or Pectoral girdle(Anat.), the two or more bony or cartilaginous pieces of the vertebrate skeleton to which the fore limbs are articulated; the shoulder girdle. In man it consists of two bones, the scapula and clavicle, on each side.Pectorial cross(Eccl.), a cross worn on the breast by bishops

(Pec"ti*nal) a. [L. pecten comb. See Pectinate.] Of or pertaining to a comb; resembling a comb.

(Pec"ti*nal), n. A fish whose bone resemble comb teeth. Sir T. Browne.

(Pec"ti*na`te Pec"ti*na`ted) a. [L. pectinatus, p. pr. of pectinare to comb, from pecten, -inis, a comb; cf. Gr. to comb, AS. feax hair, OHG. fahs, E. paxwax.]

1. Resembling the teeth of a comb.

2. (Nat. Hist.) Having very narrow, close divisions, in arrangement and regularity resembling those of a comb; comblike; as, a pectinate leaf; pectinated muscles. See Illust. (e) of Antennæ.

3. Interlaced, like two combs. [R.] "Our fingers pectinated, or shut together." Sir T. Browne.

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