back·​ache | \ ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio) \

Definition of backache

: a pain in the lower back

Examples of backache in a Sentence

a patient suffering from backache
Recent Examples on the Web His illness began with a bad backache, and then fevers that went up and down for a few days. Denise Grady, New York Times, 3 June 2021 By the end of my first month with the bump, my backache was chronic, and the bump felt as familiar to me as my own breasts. Morgan Thomas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 That means patients can consult with doctors about everything from flu symptoms or a backache to a psychiatry visit. Fortune, 22 Apr. 2020 Up to 53% reported physical and psychological issues such as fatigue, insomnia, obesity, backache, joint and neck pain, poor vision, breathlessness, stress, and loneliness. Prachi Salve, Quartz India, 12 Feb. 2020 The backache, by contrast, went on for months, even years. The Economist, 20 Sep. 2019 Opioids — previously used mostly for patients with cancer, at the end of their lives or with pain after surgery — began to be prescribed for long-term pain such as backaches. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019 Desk chair: Upgrading from a wooden kitchen chair to an ergonomic office chair can reduce backaches and bad posture. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2019 Opioids began to be prescribed for long-term pain such as backaches., 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of backache

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Backache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backache

: pain in the back


back·​ache | \ ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio) \

Medical Definition of backache

: a pain in the lower back


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