Definition of Colic

1. Noun. Acute abdominal pain (especially in infants).

Exact synonyms: Gripes, Griping, Intestinal Colic
Specialized synonyms: Lead Colic, Painter's Colic
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain
Derivative terms: Colicky

Definition of Colic

1. n. A severe paroxysmal pain in the abdomen, due to spasm, obstruction, or distention of some one of the hollow viscera.

2. a. Of or pertaining to colic; affecting the bowels.

Definition of Colic

1. Noun. (pathology) Severe pains that grip the abdomen or the disease that causes such pains (due to intestinal or bowel related problems). ¹

2. Noun. A medicinal plant used to relieve one of such symptoms. ¹

3. Adjective. Relating to the colon; colonic. ¹

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Definition of Colic

1. acute abdominal pain [n -S]

Medical Definition of Colic

1. 1. Gradual onset of pain that increases in a crescendo fashion until it reaches a peak of severity and then slowly subsides. 2. A syndrome in early infancy characterised by episodic loud crying, apparent abdominal pain (legs drawn up and rigid abdomen) and irritability. This common condition occurs in about 1 in 10 babies and lasts from 2-3 weeks of age to 3-4 months. Factors include swallowing air during feedings, overfeeding, parental anxiety and cow's milk allergy. Parents should realize that colic is a benign condition and excessive crying is not harmful to the baby. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colic

coli granuloma
colic (current term)
colic arteries
colic artery
colic impression
colic intussusception
colic lymph nodes
colic root
colic sphincter
colic surface of spleen
colic teniae
colic vein
colic veins

Literary usage of Colic

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1. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"colic, occasioned by an accumulation of bile in the intestines or in its own ... colic attended with sense of stricture in some parts of the intestinal ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Similar attacks of colic are apt to occur in young infants, ... The duration of an attack of simple colic is Seldom long, and in general no ill consequences ..."

3. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"Besides the varieties of colic above referred to, several others have been enumerated by authors. Spasm of the bowel sometimes occurs from sympathy with ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
"He considers it also probable that a gastro-colic fistula may result from the softening of tubercular matter cementing together the stomach and colon, ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"By neuralgia, is not meant a colic due to spasm of the wall, but a true primary painful affection, characterized by violent attacks of pain in the abdomen. ..."

6. A Text-book of Practical Medicine: With Particular Reference to Physiology by Felix von Niemeyer (1878)
"Lastly, lead- colic is the most striking instance of a nervous affection ... The lead, whose absorption into the body causes lead-colic—one symptom of lead ..."

7. A Text-book of Practical Medicine: With Particular Reference to Physiology by Felix von Niemeyer (1883)
"AFFECTIONS of the sensory nerves of the mesenterio plexus— colic, ... Lastly, lead- colic is the most striking instance of a nervous affection caused by ..."

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