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rotator

[roh-tey-ter or, esp. British, roh-tey-] /ˈroʊ teɪ tər or, esp. British, roʊˈteɪ-/
noun, plural rotators for 1, 3, rotatores
[roh-tuh-tawr-eez, -tohr-] /ˌroʊ təˈtɔr iz, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a person or thing that rotates.
2.
Anatomy. a muscle serving to rotate a part of the body.
3.
Nautical. a bladed device streamed to rotate in the water to actuate a patent log.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin rotātor, equivalent to rotā(re) (see rotate1) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the web for rotator
  • The lower part of the muscle also acts as an adductor and external rotator of the limb.
  • That's one of the rotator cuff muscles, which have ended many a major league pitching career.
  • His arm had gone dead, an archaic diagnosis that today usually means a damaged rotator cuff or other such medical problem.
British Dictionary definitions for rotator

rotator

/rəʊˈteɪtə/
noun
1.
a person, device, or part that rotates or causes rotation
2.
(anatomy) any of various muscles that revolve a part on its axis
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rotator in Medicine

rotator ro·ta·tor (rō'tā'tər)
n.
A muscle that serves to rotate a part of the body.

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