I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century 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 II. adjective Date: 15th century of or relating to colic ; colicky <
colic crying
III. adjective Date: 1615 of or relating to the colon <
colic lymph nodes

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  • Colic — Col ic, n. [F. colique, fr. L. colicus sick with the colic, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, the colon. The disease is so named from its being seated in or near the colon. See {Colon}.] (Med.) A severe paroxysmal pain in the abdomen, due to spasm, obstruction,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • colic — colic; epi·colic; gas·tro·colic; hen·deca·colic; il·eo·colic; nic·colic; …   English syllables

  • colic — CÓLIC, Ă, colici, ce, adj. Care se referă la colon. Arteră colică. – cf. fr. c ô l o n. Trimis de hai, 28.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  cólic adj. m., pl. cólici; f. sg. cólică …   Dicționar Român

  • colic — [käl′ik] n. [ME colik < OFr colique < LL colicus, pertaining to colic, sick with colic < Gr kōlikos < kōlon, incorrect form for kolon, colon: from being seated in the colon and parts adjacent] 1. acute abdominal pain caused by various …   English World dictionary

  • Colic — Col ic, a. 1. Of or pertaining to colic; affecting the bowels. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the colon; as, the colic arteries. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • colic — (n.) disease characterized by severe abdominal pain, early 15c., from L.L. colicus pertaining to colic, from Gk. kolikos, belonging to the kolon lower intestine (see COLON (Cf. colon) (2)). The word was used in English late 14c. as an adjective,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Colic... — Colic..., was sich auf den Grimmdarm (Colon) bezieht; daher Colĭca passio, Colicus dolor, Colicodynie, s. Kolik; C. pictorum, Malerkolik, s. u. Bleikolik; C. sanguinĕa, Blutkolik, s. Kolik; C. saturnīna (Colicoplegie), s. Bleikolik; Colicae… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • colic — has a derivative adjective colicky (with k to harden the sound) …   Modern English usage

  • colic — ► NOUN ▪ severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines. DERIVATIVES colicky adjective. ORIGIN Latin colicus, from colon colon …   English terms dictionary

  • Colic — An attack of crying and apparent abdominal pain in early infancy. This is a common condition, occurring in about 1 in every 10 babies. Colic is characterized by episodes of irritability, loud crying, and what appears to be abdominal pain with the …   Medical dictionary

  • colic — colicky, adj. /kol ik/, Pathol., Vet. Pathol. n. 1. paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels. adj. 2. pertaining to or affecting the colon or the bowels. [1400 50; late ME colike ( < MF colique) < L colica (passio) (suffering) of the colon < Gk… …   Universalium

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