Definition of lumbar in English:

Share this entry

lumbar

Pronunciation: /ˈləmbər/
/ˈləmˌbär/

adjective

Relating to the lower part of the back: backache in the lumbar region
More example sentences
  • As the lumbar spinal canal shrinks, the nerves that go through it are squeezed.
  • The lower part of the back, the lumbar region, is composed of 5 vertebrae known as L1 to L5.
  • Metastatic disease in the lumbar area can cause spinal cord compression.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin lumbaris, from Latin lumbus 'loin'.

Words that rhyme with lumbar

Columba, cumber, encumber, Humber, lumber, number, outnumber, rumba, slumber, umber

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lum·bar

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.