reins

[ reynz ]
/ reɪnz /

plural noun

the kidneys.
the region of the kidneys, or the lower part of the back.
(especially in Biblical use) the seat of the feelings or affections, formerly identified with the kidneys.

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Origin of reins

before 1000; Middle English reines, reenes<Old French reins; compare Old English (once) rēnys; both <Latin rēnēs kidneys, loins (plural); cf. renal
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British Dictionary definitions for reins

reins
/ (reɪnz) /

pl n

archaic the kidneys or loins

Word Origin for reins

C14: from Old French, from Latin rēnēs the kidneys
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Medical definitions for reins

reins
[ rānz ]

pl.n.

The kidneys, loins, or lower back.
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