[ li-vey-ter, -tawr ]

noun,plural lev·a·to·res [lev-uh-tawr-eez, -tohr-]. /ˌlɛv əˈtɔr iz, -ˈtoʊr-/.
  1. Anatomy. a muscle that raises a part of the body.: Compare depressor.

  2. 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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/ (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

Origin of levator

C17: New Latin, from Latin levāre to raise

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