from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Severe abdominal pain caused by spasm, obstruction, or distention of any of the hollow viscera, such as the intestines.
  • n. A condition of unknown cause 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.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or affecting the colon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Severe pains that grip the abdomen or the disease that causes such pains (due to intestinal or bowel related problems).
  • n. A medicinal plant used to relieve one of such symptoms.
  • adj. Relating to the colon; colonic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to colic; affecting the bowels.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the colon.
  • n. A severe paroxysmal pain in the abdomen, due to spasm, obstruction, or distention of some one of the hollow viscera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, severe spasms of pain in the abdomen or bowels; specifically, spasms of pain arising from perverted and excessive peristaltic contractions.
  • In anatomy, pertaining to the colon or large intestine: as, a colic artery.
  • Affecting the bowels.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)


Middle English colik, affecting the colon, colic, from Old French colique, from Latin cōlica (passiō), (suffering) of the colon, feminine of cōlicus, from Greek kōlikos, from kolon, kōlon, colon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French adjective, colique, which referred to the lower part of the intestinal cavity. Prior to that it comes from the Latin, coliculus and earlier from Greek, kolik-os with the same meaning. (Wiktionary)



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