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[li-vey-ter, -tawr] /lɪˈveɪ tər, -tɔr/
noun, plural levatores
[lev-uh-tawr-eez, -tohr-] /ˌlɛv əˈtɔr iz, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a muscle that raises a part of the body.
Compare depressor.
Surgery. an instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.
Origin of levator
1605-15; < New Latin, special use of Medieval Latin levātor one who raises (levies) recruits or taxes (Latin: mitigator), equivalent to Latin levā(re) to raise + -tor -tor Unabridged
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/lɪˈveɪtə; -tɔː/
(anatomy) any of various muscles that raise a part of the body
(surgery) an instrument for elevating a part or structure
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Latin levāre to raise
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Word Origin and History for levator

from medical Latin levator "a lifter," from Latin levatus, past participle of levare "to raise" (see lever).

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levator in Medicine

levator le·va·tor (lə-vā'tər)
n. pl. lev·a·to·res (lěv'ə-tôr'ēz)

  1. A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.

  2. A muscle that raises a body part.

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