[li-vey-ter, -tawr]

noun, plural lev·a·to·res [lev-uh-tawr-eez, -tohr-] /ˌlɛv əˈtɔr iz, -ˈtoʊr-/.

Anatomy. a muscle that raises a part of the body.Compare depressor.
Surgery. an instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.

Nearby words

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  8. level best,
  9. level compensator,
  10. level crossing

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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British Dictionary definitions for levator



anatomy any of various muscles that raise a part of the body
surgery an instrument for elevating a part or structure

Word Origin for levator

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).

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Medicine definitions for levator



n. pl. lev•a•to•res (lĕv′ə-tôrēz)

A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.
A muscle that raises a body part.

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