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I've encountered the phrase small of one's back often when I was reading the Divergent series, and recently encountered it again on a Wikipedia article. I've searched its meaning on the internet, but I'm still confused as to where exactly it is located in the body. Some says it's near the buttocks , some says it's higher up, on the part where the usual "curve" is on the torso area. Where did the term came from? Where is it exactly? Is there a single word for it?

  • The small of the back is the part of a person’s back where the spine curves in at the level of the waist. But I have no idea why it's called that. – FumbleFingers Jan 26 '15 at 14:49
  • Maybe it's called that because it's where the circumference of the torso is smallest? Or if you look at a profile, it's where the width is smallest. Both of these don't apply to obese people, though, so it's a pretty anachronistic term now. – Barmar Jan 26 '15 at 18:38
  • @Barmar well I am obese. LOL – IBG Jan 27 '15 at 1:21
  • @BrianHitchcock it's actually my initials, so yeah. – IBG Jan 29 '15 at 2:49
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Roundabout the 5th lumbar vertebra?

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