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[L. elevare, to lift up]

1. A curved retractor for holding the lid away from the globe of the eye.
2. A retractor for raising depressed bones by levers or screws.
3. Instrument used for soft tissue; e.g., periosteal elevator.
4. An instrument of varying design for extracting teeth or removing root or bone fragments.

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