lum·​bar | \ ˈləm-bər How to pronounce lumbar (audio) , -ˌbär How to pronounce lumbar (audio) \

Definition of lumbar

: of, relating to, or constituting the loins or the vertebrae between the thoracic vertebrae and sacrum lumbar region

Examples of lumbar in a Sentence

This seat provides good lumbar support.
Recent Examples on the Web Do not force it, as compensating from your low back could exacerbate any lumbar disc issues. Dana Santas, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 Do not allow your working side shoulder to move forward at the top of each rep, and avoid any lumbar movement. Nick Tumminello, Men's Health, 18 Aug. 2022 The lumbar vertebrae in your low back are not designed for twisting; they are meant to be stable. Dana Santas, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 The chair is highly adjustable, with an adjustable headrest, armrests, lumbar support, tilt tensioner, and more. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 The chair offers lumbar support and other features that make the chair a comfortable place to sit for the day. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2022 That includes the arms, the seat depth, and the lumbar support. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 10 Nov. 2021 September 17, 2009 - Undergoes elective back surgery to deal with pain caused from a case of lumbar spinal stenosis. CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 This $2090 upgrade allows the front occupants to adjust things like height and positions, of course, as well as squab inclination and depth, as well as lumbar support level and the side bolsters. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lumbar

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lumbar

New Latin lumbaris, from Latin lumbus loin — more at loin

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25 Aug 2022

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“Lumbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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lum·​bar | \ ˈləm-bər, -ˌbär How to pronounce lumbar (audio) \

Medical Definition of lumbar

1 : of, relating to, or constituting the loins or the vertebrae between the thoracic vertebrae and sacrum the lumbar region
2 : of, relating to, or being the abdominal region lying on either side of the umbilical region and above the corresponding iliac region

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