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Pronunciation: le-va'tor, tor


  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]

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