The portion of the lower back from just below the rib cage to the pelvis. The loins include the psoas muscles which are very powerful muscles in the lower back. The term "loin" is more often encountered now at the meat counter than in medicine. It is also commonly encountered in the Bible, as in "Gird up now thy loins like a man." (Job 38:3). The word "loin" came from the Latin "lumbus" which referred to the present day loin + the genitalia.
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The part of the side and back between the ribs and the pelvis. SYN: lumbus. [Fr. longe; E. lumbus]

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loin 'lȯin n
1) the part of the body of a human or a quadruped that is situated on each side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs
2) loins pl
a) the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips
b ) (1) the pubic region (2) the generative organs not usu. used technically in senses 2a, b

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the region of the back and side of the body between the lowest rib and the pelvis.

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(loin) regio lumbalis.

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