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

Definition of levator

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

Examples of levator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As might be expected from animals so closely related, all the musculature was exactly alike except for the levator muscle, which none of the wolves had. James Gorman, New York Times, 17 June 2019 But the key finding was that the levator anguli oculi medialis muscle, or LAOM, is nearly absent in wolves. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 June 2019 The dominant muscle action is from the levator labii superioris. Neil Steinberg, CNN, 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, 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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“Levator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levator. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for levator


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

Medical Definition of levator

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


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