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levator

[lə′vād·ər]
(medicine)
An instrument used for raising a depressed portion of the skull.
(physiology)
Any muscle that raises or elevates a part.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The most important component of the physical exam in patients with the symptoms of frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain--and the most overlooked --is assessment of the levator muscles for tightness and tenderness.
2C) the levator muscles still have different fiber orientations in the anterior and posterior regions, but have not started their posterior migration.
Andrews, professor of physiology and director of the Independent Study Pathway at the Lake Erie College of OsteoA[degrees]pathic Medicine, has explained that the heaviness of the muscles around the eyes, including the levator muscles that open the upper eyelids, is similar to fatigue of any muscle of the body.
In sum, the paired levator muscles are the primary muscles of closure but other muscles contribute differentially during speech production.

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