- acute abdominal pain caused by various abnormal conditions in the bowels
- a condition of infants characterized by frequent crying due to various discomforts
Origin of colicMiddle English colik ; from Old French colique ; from Late Latin colicus, pertaining to colic, sick with colic ; from Classical Greek k?likos ; from k?lon, incorrect form for kolon, colon: from being seated in the colon and parts adjacent
- of colic
- of or near the colon
- Severe abdominal pain caused by spasm, obstruction, or distension of any of the hollow viscera, such as the intestines.
- 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.
Origin of colicMiddle English colik, affecting the colon, colic, from Old French colique, from Latin c&omacron;lica (passi&omacron;), (suffering) of the colon, feminine of c&omacron;licus, from Greek k&omacron;likos, from kolon, k&omacron;lon, colon.
- (pathology) Severe pains that grip the abdomen or the disease that causes such pains (due to intestinal or bowel related problems).
- A medicinal plant used to relieve one of such symptoms.
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.