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[luhm-ber, -bahr] /ˈlʌm bər, -bɑr/
of or relating to the loin or loins.
a lumbar vertebra, artery, or the like.
Origin of lumbar
1650-60; < New Latin lumbāris. See lumb-, -ar1
Related forms
prelumbar, adjective
sublumbar, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then he revealed that he did have too much backbone, literally--six lumbar vertebrae instead of five.
  • He suffered from a degenerative disc disease of the lumbar and cervical spine.
  • For day hikes, a small day pack or lumbar pack should suffice.
  • If your seat does not provide adequate lumbar support, place a rolled-up towel behind your lower back.
  • In the lumbar region flexion and extension are free.
  • Spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the lumbar vertebrae slips over another, or over the sacrum.
  • Exercises called lumbar extension strength training are proving to be effective.
British Dictionary definitions for lumbar


of, near, or relating to the part of the body between the lowest ribs and the hipbones
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin lumbāris, from Latin lumbus loin
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Word Origin and History for lumbar

"pertaining to or situated near the loins," 1650s, from Modern Latin lumbaris, from Latin lumbus "loin" (see lumbago).

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lumbar in Medicine

lumbar lum·bar (lŭm'bər, -bär')
Of, near, or situated in the part of the back and sides between the lowest ribs and the pelvis.

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