- 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
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Levator muscles that raise an organ, and Depressors that depress it.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
The right eye was partially closed, but could be opened by the levator palpebræ superioris.
The levator palpebræ superioris acted very slightly; the right, however, better than the left.
The levator palpebræ was normal, but spasm of the orbicularis held the eye firmly closed.
The levator coccygis, together with the two muscles mentioned above, is responsible for elevation of the tail.Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds
M. Dale Arvey
- anatomy any of various muscles that raise a part of the body
- surgery an instrument for elevating a part or structure
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.
- A muscle that raises a body part.
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