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levator Line breaks: le|vator
Pronunciation: /lɪˈveɪtə/
(also levator muscle)

Definition of levator in English:


A muscle whose contraction causes the raising of a part of the body: the principal levators of the wing [followed by Latin genitive]: levator scapulae
More 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.


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

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