painter's colic


noun

Pathology. lead poisoning causing intense intestinal pain.

Nearby words

  1. painted tongue,
  2. painted trillium,
  3. painted turtle,
  4. painted woman,
  5. painter,
  6. painterly,
  7. painting,
  8. paintwork,
  9. painty,
  10. pair

Origin of painter's colic

First recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for painter's colic

painter's colic

noun

pathol another name for lead colic

Word Origin for painter's colic

C19: so called because it frequently affected people who worked with lead-based paints or similar substances

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Medicine definitions for painter's colic

painter's colic

[ pāntərz ]

n.

Chronic intestinal pains and constipation caused by lead poisoning.

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