AskDefine | Define colic

Dictionary Definition

colic n : acute abdominal pain (especially in infants) [syn: intestinal colic]

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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.



  1. : A term for severe pains which grip the abdomen or the disease that causes such pains (due to intestinal or bowel related problems).
  2. A medicinal plant used to relieve one of such symptoms.



Derived terms


  1. Referring to the colon.


referring to the colon

Extensive Definition

"Cholic" redirects here. For cholic acid, see Cholic acid.
Colic is a form of pain in the abdomen which starts and stops abruptly.


Types include:
  • Baby colic, a condition, usually in infants, characterized by incessant crying
  • Renal colic, a pain in the flank, characteristic of kidney stones
  • Biliary colic, blockage by a gallstone of the common bile duct or the duct leading into it from the gallbladder
  • Horse colic, a potentially fatal condition experienced by horses, caused by intestinal displacement or blockage
  • Devon colic, an affliction caused by lead poisoning
  • Painter's colic or lead poisoning


colic in German: Kolik
colic in French: Colique
colic in Dutch: Koliekpijn
colic in Polish: Kolka
colic in Swedish: Kolik

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