lumbago

noun

lum·​ba·​go ˌləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lumbago (audio)
: 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 By June investors were making their peace with ¥135, but after a further 7% depreciation in three months Tokyo has decided to stop this game of currency limbo before the economy develops lumbago. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2022 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, SI.com, 4 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, from lumbus

First Known Use

circa 1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lumbago was circa 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Lumbago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumbago. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lumbago

noun
lum·​ba·​go ˌləm-ˈbā-gō How to pronounce lumbago (audio)
: pain (as that caused by straining the muscles) in the lower part of the back

Medical Definition

lumbago

noun
lum·​ba·​go ˌləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lumbago (audio)
: acute or chronic pain (as that caused by muscle strain) in the lower back

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