Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Anatomy A muscle that raises a bodily part.
  • noun A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy, that which raises or elevates, as various muscles of the human body: opposed to depressor.
  • noun A surgical instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A muscle that serves to raise some part, as the lip or the eyelid.
  • noun (Surg.) A surgical instrument used to raise a depressed part of the skull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy lifting muscle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a muscle that serves to lift some body part (as the eyelid or lip)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Medieval Latin levātor, one that raises, from Latin levāre, to raise; see lever.]

Examples

  • • The Canine (one-third of people): Here a particular muscle (called the levator labii superioris, for you anatomy junkies) is dominant and exposes the canine teeth before the full smile.

    You Being Beautiful

  • • The Canine (one-third of people): Here a particular muscle (called the levator labii superioris, for you anatomy junkies) is dominant and exposes the canine teeth before the full smile.

    You Being Beautiful

  • This pain often gets worse during bowel movements because of pressure on a muscle in the pelvic floor called the levator ani.

    Science Blog

  • This pain often gets worse during bowel movements because of pressure on a muscle in the pelvic floor called the levator ani.

    innovations-report

  • A new study conducted by Italian researchers, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finds that biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome.

    innovations-report

  • This pain often gets worse during bowel movements because of pressure on a muscle in the pelvic floor called the levator ani.

    innovations-report

  • CHAPEL HILL -- A new study conducted by Italian researchers, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finds that biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome.

    Science Blog

  • A new study conducted by Italian researchers, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finds that biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome.

    innovations-report

  • Or I guess I mean hell's summer, her nasal bone burrowed into my levator, her wet smile making the hairs along my neckline straighten, each one exclamated with a goosebump.

    Pectoralis Minor

  • The two straighten, then bow, then sit up, ocular level again, she pounces, wilting him at the levator.

    Kissing Cobras

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