le·​va·​tor | \ li-ˈvā-tər How to pronounce levator (audio) \
plural levatores\ ˌle-​və-​ˈtȯr-​(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce levatores (audio) \ or levators

Definition of levator

: a muscle that serves to raise a body part — compare depressor

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But the key finding was that the levator anguli oculi medialis muscle, or LAOM, is nearly absent in wolves. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We may have inadvertently selected for muscles on dogs’ faces," 18 June 2019 The dominant muscle action is from the levator labii superioris. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How many types of smile are there?," 13 June 2018 The jaw muscles were also significantly enlarged in the cannibals, especially the jaw-closing levator mandibulae, whose bulging appearance reminded me of a kid with six pieces of Dubble Bubble jammed into each cheek. Bill Schutt, Discover Magazine, "The Case for Cannibalism," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of levator

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levator

New Latin, from Latin levare to raise — more at lever

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le·​va·​tor | \ li-ˈvāt-ər How to pronounce levator (audio) \
plural levatores\ ˌlev-​ə-​ˈtōr-​(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce levatores (audio) \ or levators\ li-​ˈvāt-​ərz How to pronounce levators (audio) \

Medical Definition of levator

: a muscle that serves to raise a body part — compare depressor sense a

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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