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colic

[kol-ik] /ˈkɒl ɪk/
noun
1.
paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or affecting the colon or the bowels.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
colicky, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for colics

colic

/ˈkɒlɪk/
noun
1.
a condition characterized by acute spasmodic abdominal pain, esp that caused by inflammation, distention, etc, of the gastrointestinal tract
Word Origin
C15: from Old French colique, from Late Latin cōlicus ill with colic, from Greek kōlon, variant of koloncolon²
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Word Origin and History for colics

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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colics in Medicine

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.
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colics in Science
colic
  (kŏl'ĭk)   
  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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