Pathology. lead poisoning causing intense intestinal pain.
Origin of painter's colic
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for painter's colic
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
[ pān′tərz ]
Chronic intestinal pains and constipation caused by lead poisoning.
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