lumbar

[ luhm-ber, -bahr ]
/ ˈlʌm bər, -bɑr /

adjective

of or relating to the loin or loins.

noun

a lumbar vertebra, artery, or the like.

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Origin of lumbar

From the New Latin word lumbāris, dating back to 1650–60. See lumb-, -ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM lumbar

pre·lum·bar, adjectivesub·lum·bar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lumbar

lumbar
/ (ˈlʌmbə) /

adjective

of, near, or relating to the part of the body between the lowest ribs and the hipbones

Word Origin for lumbar

C17: from New Latin lumbāris, from Latin lumbus loin
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Medical definitions for lumbar

lumbar
[ lŭmbər, -bär′ ]

adj.

Of, near, or situated in the part of the back and sides between the lowest ribs and the pelvis.
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Scientific definitions for lumbar

lumbar
[ lŭmbər ]

Located at or near the part of the back lying between the lowest ribs and the hips.
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