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[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.
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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


  1. anatomy any of various muscles that raise a part of the body
  2. surgery an instrument for elevating a part or structure
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Word Origin

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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levator in Medicine


n. pl. lev•a•to•res (lĕv′ə-tôrēz)
  1. A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.
  2. A muscle that raises a body part.
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