- paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels.
- pertaining to or affecting the colon or the bowels.
Origin of colic
Examples from the Web for colicky
The maids polish the silver, quiet the colicky infants, and iron dresses with 65 pleats on the waist.Do I Have to Read The Help?
January 16, 2010
He has attacks of colicky pains, indigestion, and constipation.
There may be pain on passing dung and also abdominal or colicky pain.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The tableau of a father (aged 187) vainly coddling a colicky babe certainly does not call for our enthusiasm.The Holy Cross and Other Tales
In colicky conditions of the bowels two- or three-drop doses of tincture of colocynth sometimes act wonderfully well.
Colicky pains in the transverse portions of the colon may also be mistaken for pains in the stomach.
- relating to or suffering from colic
- a condition characterized by acute spasmodic abdominal pain, esp that caused by inflammation, distention, etc, of the gastrointestinal tract
Word Origin and History for colicky
"disease characterized by severe abdominal pain," early 15c., from Late Latin colicus "pertaining to colic," from Greek kolikos, belonging to the kolon "lower intestine" (see colon (n.2)). The word was used in English late 14c. as an adjective, "affecting the colon." Related: Colicky (1742).
- Relating to or affected by colic.
- Spasmodic pains in the abdomen.
- Paroxysms of pain with crying and irritability in young infants, due to a variety of causes, such as swallowing air, emotional upset, or overfeeding.
- Relating to the colon.
- Severe abdominal pain, often caused by spasm, obstruction, or distention of any of the hollow viscera, such as the intestines.
- A condition seen in infants less than three months old, marked by periods of inconsolable crying lasting for hours at a time for at least three weeks. The cause is unknown.