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Pronunciation: el'e-va'tor


  1. An instrument for prying up a sunken part, such as the depressed fragment of bone in fracture of the skull, or for elevating tissues from their attachment to bone.
  2. A surgical instrument used to luxate and remove teeth and roots that cannot be engaged by the beaks of forceps, or to loosen teeth and roots before forceps application.

Synonym(s): dental lever

[L. fr. e-levo, pp. -atus, to lift up]

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