colic

[kol-ik]Pathology, Veterinary Pathology
adjective
  1. 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 formscol·ick·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for colicky

colicky

adjective
  1. relating to or suffering from colic

colic

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for colicky

colic

n.

"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).

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colicky in Medicine

colicky

[kŏlĭ-kē]
adj.
  1. Relating to or affected by colic.

colic

[kŏlĭk]
n.
  1. Spasmodic pains in the abdomen.
  2. 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.
  1. Relating to the colon.
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colicky in Science

colic

[kŏlĭk]
  1. Severe abdominal pain, often caused by spasm, obstruction, or distention of any of the hollow viscera, such as the intestines.
  2. 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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