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Apre­tar and Pec­toral

Apre­tar (Span­ish for “to squeeze”) comes from the Latin pec­tus, mean­ing, “chest.” Think of hav­ing a heart at­tack: your chest feels squeezed. It’s not a co­in­ci­dence that doc­tors in the USA to­day still call a heart at­tack, angi­na pec­toris — that is, “angi­na of the chest” since pec­toral in Eng­lish to­day still means “re­lat­ing to the chest”! The p‑t maps to the p‑ct, with the ‑ct- just sim­pli­fy­ing in­to its first ‑c- sound.

Re­lat­ed: see al­so Pecho/Pectoral. From the same pec­tus root, we see oth­er in­ter­est­ing words, fol­low­ing the ch/ct pat­tern.


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