Definition of levator in English:

levator

(also levator muscle)

noun

Anatomy
  • A muscle whose contraction causes the raising of a part of the body.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

levator

/ləˈvādər/