erector

[ ih-rek-ter ]
/ ɪˈrɛk tər /

noun

Also e·rect·er. a person or thing that erects.
Anatomy. a muscle that erects the body or one of its parts.

Nearby words

  1. erectile tissue,
  2. erecting prism,
  3. erection,
  4. erective,
  5. erectly,
  6. erector muscle of hair,
  7. erector muscle of spine,
  8. erector set,
  9. erelong,
  10. eremite

Origin of erector

First recorded in 1530–40; erect + -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for erector

erector

erecter

/ (ɪˈrɛktə) /

noun

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

erector

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for erector

erector

[ ĭ-rĕktər ]

n.

A muscle that makes a body part erect.arrector

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