Relating to the lower part of the back: backache in the lumbar region
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- 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.
mid 17th century: from medieval Latin lumbaris, from Latin lumbus 'loin'.