One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Veterinary Medicine. Of a disease or abnormal humour: affecting the loins or kidneys (of animals). Now historical and rare.
2Anatomy and Medicine. Located or occurring under the kidney.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. Originally from post-classical Latin subrenalis from classical Latin sub- + post-classical Latin renalis.
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