(From levo, to lift up). The name is given to many muscles, whose office it is to elevate different parts into which they are inserted, viz.

Levator palati mollis, rises from the basis of the skull, near the articulation of the lower jaw, runs down the fauces, passes inwards and forwards, spreads itself on the palatum molle, and goes to the uvula.

Levator palpebrae scperioris, elevator, aperi-ens palpebrarum rectus, named from its straight progress and use by Fallopius and Douglas. It arises on each side from the bottom of the orbit by a small tendon, and as the fleshy fibres of the muscle pass over the globe of the eye, they gradually spread, and afterwards terminate by a broad tendinous expansion on the superior part of the tarsus belonging to the upper lid.

Levator scapulae, levator proprius of Winslow; muscuius angularis, seu patientiae musculus is divided at its origin into four little muscles, from the transverse processes of the four superior cervical vertebra. The branches join, and form one muscle on each side, inserted into the bases of the respective scapulae above the spine.