colic

[kol-ik] Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
noun
1.
paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or affecting the colon or the bowels.

Origin:
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

colicky, adjective
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colic (ˈkɒlɪk)
 
n
a condition characterized by acute spasmodic abdominal pain, esp that caused by inflammation, distention, etc, of the gastrointestinal tract
 
[C15: from Old French colique, from Late Latin cōlicus ill with colic, from Greek kōlon, variant of koloncolon²]

colicky (ˈkɒlɪkɪ)
 
adj
relating to or suffering from colic

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colic
c.1421, from L.L. colicus "pertaining to colic," from Gk. kolikos, belonging to the kolon "lower intestine" (see colon).
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colic col·ic (kŏl'ĭk)
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. (kō'lĭk)
Relating to the colon.

colicky col·ick·y (kŏl'ĭ-kē)
adj.
Relating to or affected by colic.

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colic   (kŏl'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Colicky babies cry at a different frequency from non-colicky babies.
Colicky pain is pain that comes in waves, usually starts and ends suddenly, and is often severe.
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