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[bak-eyk] /ˈbækˌeɪk/
a pain, especially in the lumbar region of the back, usually caused by the strain of a muscle or ligament.
Origin of backache
First recorded in 1595-1605; back1 + ache Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After headache, backache, and loss of appetite comes usually a mild diarrhœa.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
  • Did a man ever have a backache like the dragging, pulling, tearing ache of a woman?

  • At the hundred and twentieth or thirtieth patient the backache came on horribly.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The fireplace is high so that one tending it does not have to stoop and get a backache.

  • I have such a weakness across me most of the time—have backache, am very nervous, and am troubled with leucorrhœa.

  • I had headache and backache and I cannot tell what aches besides.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • backache, especially across the hips, is a common accompaniment of this disease.

    Herself E. B. Lowry
  • After digging for half-an-hour or so, get her to rub your back with any of the backache cures.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • The backache of the later months of expectancy is very annoying and often spoils an otherwise restful night's sleep.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • These may be cleaned and handled without giving the backache to women.

    The Upward Path Various
British Dictionary definitions for backache


an ache or pain in one's back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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backache in Medicine

backache back·ache (bāk'āk')
Discomfort or a pain in the region of the back or spine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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