One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A muscle whose contraction causes the raising of a part of the body.
- ‘With the upper trapezius, the levator scapula lifts your shoulder blades.’
- ‘The levator veli palatini muscle, which elevates the soft palate, is innervated by a pharyngeal branch of the vagus nerve.’
- ‘In the shoulder girdle, the serratus anterior, upper and lower trapezius, levator scapulae and rhomboid muscles are involved.’
- ‘Extra levator costae muscles may be associated with these ribs.’
- ‘Research by Arat indicates the first two muscles affected by an over-loaded limbic system are the levator scapula and upper trapezius.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘a person who lifts’, from levare ‘raise, lift’.
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