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levator

Syllabification: le·va·tor
Pronunciation: /ləˈvādər
 
/
(also levator muscle)

Definition of levator in English:

noun

Anatomy
A muscle whose contraction causes the raising of a part of the body.
Example sentences
  • In the shoulder girdle, the serratus anterior, upper and lower trapezius, levator scapulae and rhomboid muscles are involved.
  • Research by Arat indicates the first two muscles affected by an over-loaded limbic system are the levator scapula and upper trapezius.
  • With the upper trapezius, the levator scapula lifts your shoulder blades.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'a person who lifts', from levare 'raise, lift'.

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