- Anatomy. a muscle that raises a part of the body.Compare depressor.
- Surgery. an instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.
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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
Word Origin for levator
from medical Latin levator "a lifter," from Latin levatus, past participle of levare "to raise" (see lever).
- A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.
- A muscle that raises a body part.