Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, near, or situated in the part of the back and sides between the lowest ribs and the pelvis.
  • n. A lumbar artery, nerve, vertebra, or part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to the lower back or loin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or near, the loins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the loins in general: specifically applied in anatomy to many structures. See phrases.
  • n. A lumbar vertebra.
  • n. A corrupted form of Lombard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or near the part of the back between the ribs and the hipbones

Etymologies

New Latin lumbāris, from Latin lumbus, loin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin lumbus ("loin") loin. See loin. (Wiktionary)

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  • When degenerated discs in the spine cause chronic back pain, surgeons sometimes do a procedure called lumbar fusion, in which two or more vertebrae of the spine are fused to each other.

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  • The only type of spine surgery for which Infuse has been approved is a frontal approach to the lower backbone, known as the lumbar spine.

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  • The device was approved to relieve pain by replacing the damaged disc with the Chirate disc, as an alternative to the surgical procedure known as lumbar spinal fusion surgery

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  • The device was approved to relieve pain by replacing the damaged disc with the Chirate disc, as an alternative to the surgical procedure known as lumbar spinal fusion surgery.

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  • The remaining five belong to the loins, and are called lumbar vertebræ.

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  • As a consequence of these things, in the backbone of the rabbit there are four regions: the neck, or cervical part, consisting of seven vertebrae, the thoracic part of twelve joined to ribs, the abdominal (also called the lumbar) region of seven without ribs, and the tail or caudal of about fifteen.

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  • We must stop at pelvis and observe carefully that there is no twist of ligaments before going to lumbar, which is the last of the five divisions.

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  • This bothersome narrowing is called lumbar stenosis and is "very common," Beiner said.

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  • This is because it's finally being allowed to assume the natural inward curve it's designed for (hence the so-called lumbar support found on many chairs, to try and push you into this position).

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