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Origin of erector

First recorded in 1530–40; erect + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. anatomy any muscle that raises a part or makes it erect
  2. a person or thing that erects
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Word Origin and History for erector

1530s, agent noun in Latin form from erect (v.).

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erector in Medicine


  1. A muscle that makes a body part erect.arrector
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