lum·​ba·​go | \ ˌləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lumbago (audio) \

Definition of lumbago

: acute or chronic pain (such as that caused by muscle strain) in the lower back

Examples of lumbago in a Sentence

experiencing an attack of lumbago
Recent Examples on the Web His lawyer, Elmer George, says his client has a past history of hypothyroidism, aortic stenosis and chronic lumbago and is due to serve out his sentence in less than nine months. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 21 May 2020 This offer is valid only for townsfolk with proof of dropsy, mumps, polio, lumbago, colitis, bursitis, bites of the wolf most vile, and other afflictions covered under the purview of Clifton’s marvellous medical menagerie. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 19 May 2020 Now ague, biliousness, lumbago, Saint Vitus’s dance and dropsy. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2019 Playing on those surfaces could have exacerbated Gehrig’s chronic lumbago in much the same way. John Eisenberg,, 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of lumbago

circa 1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lumbago

Latin, from lumbus

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“Lumbago.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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lum·​ba·​go | \ ˌləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lumbago (audio) \

Medical Definition of lumbago

: acute or chronic pain (as that caused by muscle strain) in the lower back

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