noun \ˈkä-lik\

: a sharp sudden pain in the stomach

: a physical condition in which a baby is very uncomfortable and cries for long periods of time

Full Definition of COLIC

:  an attack of acute abdominal pain localized in a hollow organ and often caused by spasm, obstruction, or twisting
:  a condition marked by recurrent episodes of prolonged and uncontrollable crying and irritability in an otherwise healthy infant that is of unknown cause and usually subsides after three to four months of age

Origin of COLIC

Middle English, from Medieval Latin colica (passio) intestinal (suffering), from Late Latin colicus of the colon, colicky, from Greek kōlikos, from kōlon, alteration of kolon colon
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with COLIC



Definition of COLIC

:  of or relating to colic :  colicky <colic crying>

First Known Use of COLIC

15th century

Rhymes with COLIC


adjective \ˈkō-lik, ˈkä-\

Definition of COLIC

:  of or relating to the colon <colic lymph nodes>

First Known Use of COLIC



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any sudden, violent pain, especially that produced by contraction of the muscular walls of a hollow organ whose opening is partly or completely blocked. In infants, intestinal colic is characterized by drawing up of the legs, restlessness, and constant crying. Colic may accompany enteritis (intestinal inflammation) or an intestinal tumour, as well as certain forms of influenza. Colic caused by spastic bowel contractions is common in lead poisoning. Treatment, aimed at symptom relief, often includes use of a muscle relaxant.


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