colic

[ kol-ik ]
/ ˈkɒl ɪk /
Pathology, Veterinary Pathology

noun

paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels.

adjective

pertaining to or affecting the colon or the bowels.

Origin of colic

1400–50; late Middle English colike (< Middle French colique) < Latin colica (passiō) (suffering) of the colon < Greek kolikós, equivalent to kól(on) colon2 + -ikos -ic

Related forms

col·ick·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for colicky (1 of 2)

colicky

/ (ˈkɒlɪkɪ) /

adjective

relating to or suffering from colic

British Dictionary definitions for colicky (2 of 2)

colic

/ (ˈkɒlɪk) /

noun

a condition characterized by acute spasmodic abdominal pain, esp that caused by inflammation, distention, etc, of the gastrointestinal tract

Word Origin for colic

C15: from Old French colique, from Late Latin cōlicus ill with colic, from Greek kōlon, variant of kolon colon ²
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Medicine definitions for colicky (1 of 2)

colicky

[ kŏlĭ-kē ]

adj.

Relating to or affected by colic.

Medicine definitions for colicky (2 of 2)

colic

[ kŏlĭk ]

n.

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.

adj.

Relating to the colon.
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Science definitions for colicky

colic

[ kŏlĭk ]

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.
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