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 That means patients can consult with doctors about everything from flu symptoms or a backache to a psychiatry visit. Fortune, "A push toward telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic has exposed fraud risks," 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, "“Sleepless for days”: Indian truckers are overworked, underpaid, and have no healthcare," 12 Feb. 2020 The backache, by contrast, went on for months, even years. The Economist, "Will there ever be a cure for chronic pain?," 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, "US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids," 10 Oct. 2019 Desk chair: Upgrading from a wooden kitchen chair to an ergonomic office chair can reduce backaches and bad posture. oregonlive, "What home upgrade is totally worth the price? Experts and Reddit weigh in," 11 Nov. 2019 Opioids began to be prescribed for long-term pain such as backaches., "US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids - The Boston Globe," 11 Oct. 2019 The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her knee and a backache. David K. Li, NBC News, "Video shows Los Angeles real estate agent attacked at open house," 24 Sep. 2019 Presendieu Pierre Mervil has a backache and a rash infection. Rosa Flores And Holly Yan, CNN, "These US medics go door to door in the Bahamas. The need for help is endless," 18 Sep. 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 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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