[li-vey-ter, -tawr]
noun, plural levatores [lev-uh-tawr-eez, -tohr-] .
Anatomy. a muscle that raises a part of the body. Compare depressor.
Surgery. an instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.

1605–15; < Neo-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

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levator (lɪˈveɪtə, -tɔː)
1.  anatomy any of various muscles that raise a part of the body
2.  surgery an instrument for elevating a part or structure
[C17: New Latin, from Latin levāre to raise]

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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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