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levator

 [lĕ-va´ter] (L.)
1. a muscle that elevates an organ or structure.
2. an instrument for raising depressed osseous fragments in fractures.

le·va·tor

(le-vā'tŏr, tōr), [TA]
1. A surgical instrument for prying up the depressed part in a fracture of the skull.
2. One of several muscles with an action to raise the part to which it inserts.
[L. a lifter, fr. levo, pp. -atus, to lift, fr. levis, light]

levator

/le·va·tor/ (le-va´tor) pl. levato´res  
1. a muscle that elevates an organ or structure.
2. an instrument for raising depressed osseous fragments in fractures.

levator

(lə-vā′tər)
n. pl. levatores (lĕv′ə-tôr′ēz)
1. Anatomy A muscle that raises a bodily part.
2. A surgical instrument for lifting the depressed fragments of a fractured skull.

levator

[livā′tər] pl. levatores
Etymology: L, levare, to lift up
1 a muscle that raises a structure of the body, as the levator ani raises parts of the pelvic diaphragm.
2 a surgical instrument used to lift depressed bony fragments in fractures of the skull and other bones.

le·va·tor

(lě-vā'tŏr) [TA]
1. A surgical instrument for prying up the depressed part in a cranial fracture.
2. One of several muscles the action of which is to raise the part into which it is inserted.
[L. a lifter, fr. levo, pp. -atus, to lift, fr. levis, light]

levator

1. Any muscle that acts to raise a part of the body.
2. An elevator. A surgical instrument used to prize up a depressed piece of bone as after a fracture of ZYGOMA or skull.

abductor

or

levator

any muscle that moves a limb away from the body An example of an abductor is the abductor pollicis, which moves the thumb outward. Compare ADDUCTOR.

le·va·tor

(lě-vā'tŏr) [TA]
1. A surgical instrument for prying up the depressed part in a fracture of the skull.
2. One of several muscles with an action to raise the part to which it inserts.
[L. a lifter, fr. levo, pp. -atus, to lift, fr. levis, light]

levator

pl. levatores [L.]
1. a muscle that elevates an organ or structure, e.g. the levator labii muscle.
2. an instrument for raising depressed osseous fragments in fractures.
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The levator muscles, which are vertical muscles within the lips, lift your upper lip and swing it forward and out.
16,17) The effects of snake venom neurotoxin always appears first in the muscles supplied by the cranial nerves, usually the extra ocular and levator muscles.
When levator muscles weaken and increasing force is placed on the connective tissue supports, the anterior wall may be the first compartment to fall.

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