lumbar

adjective

lum·​bar ˈləm-bər How to pronounce lumbar (audio) -ˌbär How to pronounce lumbar (audio)
: 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 The Saatva Classic Mattress, for example, was named the best mattress for lumbar support by Women's Health editors and spine experts because it was specifically designed for people who suffer from back pain. Ellen McAlpine, Women's Health, 10 Feb. 2023 For starters, the spacious 215-gallon spa features 29 stainless steel multilevel jets that can be set on a timer and a lounge seat with lumbar support and back jets. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 21 Dec. 2022 Do yourself a favor and add a seat cushion or some lumbar support to your car setup. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Jan. 2022 The pressure points for a back sleeper are found in the lumbar areas along the lower back. Deirdre Mundorf, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 Your room will seamlessly embrace boho style with this eclectic, lumbar pillow. Jennifer Carmichael, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 The removable headrest can also be used as a lumbar support pillow, plus the chair features natural wood armrests. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2022 No matter the material or size, the Iskur’s lumbar support adjusts to meet your back in its optimal posture. Harry Rabinowitz, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 To be sure, changes in reimbursement are not solely to blame for the rise in lumbar fusions. Simone Betchen, STAT, 21 Sep. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lumbar was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Lumbar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumbar. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

lumbar

adjective
lum·​bar ˈləm-bər How to pronounce lumbar (audio)
-ˌbär
: of, relating to, or near the loins or the bony regions of the lower spinal column
the lumbar region

Medical Definition

lumbar

adjective
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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