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

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As well as being sanitized, Recaro’s seats will give massages and predict backaches. Fortune, "This New Airline Seat Will Clean Itself and Destroy Germs," 9 May 2018 In the very next chapter, Druckerman develops a chronic backache, which turns out to be the blood cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allison Pearson, New York Times, "A Warning to Women of a Certain Age: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Nightdress," 29 May 2018 Another boy waves a pot of Vicks VapoRub in the air, in his family a cure for everything from backache to depression. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "The teens at the Albany Park Theater Project have crafted a beautiful Ofrenda," 16 May 2018 The lotion is packaged in an airtight bottle that delivers a measured 2 milligrams of C.B.D. with each pump, and is designed to soothe stiff joints, backaches, and muscle spasms. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "A Cannabis Craze Takes Over Skin Care," 27 Apr. 2018 Patients are also using it to reduce pain (from backaches to severe abdominal pain), stop smoking and overeating, and combat the stress of being in a hospital in the first place. Robert Ito, Los Angeles Magazine, "How an L.A. Hospital Is Using Virtual Reality to Prep Staff for High-Stress Scenarios," 29 Mar. 2018 Transgender people get colds, backaches, and cancer like everyone else. Steve Sanders, Fortune, "Commentary: ‘Religious Liberty’ Is Not an Excuse to Deny Transgender People Medical Care," 18 Jan. 2018 But as new research demonstrates, this idea and its accompaniments—the Lululemon yoga pants, the 6 a.m. SoulCycle class and those CrossFit backaches—are misguided. Jessica Firger, Newsweek, "Keeping Fit Without Exercising: Debunking The Idea That 'Working Out' Will Save Your Life," 16 Oct. 2017 Republican backaches: If Republicans in Congress feel an ache in their backs, that would probably be from the knife President Donald Trump just placed there. Dan Sweeney,, "Here comes the story of the hurricane," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of backache

1601, in the meaning defined above

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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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