colic

noun
col·​ic | \ ˈkä-lik How to pronounce colic (audio) \

Definition of colic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an attack of acute abdominal pain localized in a hollow organ and often caused by spasm, obstruction, or twisting
2 : 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

Definition of colic (Entry 2 of 3)

: of or relating to colic : colicky colic crying
co·​lic | \ ˈkō-lik How to pronounce colic (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce colic (audio) \

Definition of colic (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the colon colic lymph nodes

First Known Use of colic

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colic

Noun

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

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“Colic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colic. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for colic

colic

noun
col·​ic | \ ˈkä-lik How to pronounce colic (audio) \

Kids Definition of colic

1 : sharp pain in the intestines
2 : a condition in which a healthy baby is uncomfortable and cries for long periods of time

Other Words from colic

colicky \ ˈkä-​lə-​kē \ adjective

colic

noun
col·​ic | \ ˈkäl-ik How to pronounce colic (audio) \

Medical Definition of colic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an attack of acute abdominal pain localized in a hollow organ or part (as the small intestine, ureter, or bile duct) and often caused by spasm, obstruction, or twisting
2 : 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

colic

adjective

Medical Definition of colic (Entry 2 of 3)

: of or relating to colic : colicky colic crying

colic

adjective
co·​lic | \ ˈkō-lik How to pronounce colic (audio) , ˈkäl-ik How to pronounce colic (audio) \

Medical Definition of colic (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the colon colic lymph nodes

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