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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At the same time they were renovating their new home-and the baby had colic.
▪ Over the next week his medical interest was engaged by reading the passages from the baby book on colic.
▪ The baby never has colic, thrush, diaper rash, infant acne, or cradle cap.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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, or distention of some one of the hollow viscera.

Hepatic colic, the severe pain produced by the passage of a gallstone from the liver or gall bladder through the bile duct.

Intestinal colic, or Ordinary colic, pain due to distention of the intestines by gas.

Lead colic, Painter's colic, a violent form of intestinal colic, associated with obstinate constipation, produced by chronic lead poisoning.

Renal colic, the severe pain produced by the passage of a calculus from the kidney through the ureter.

Wind colic. See Intestinal colic, above.


Colic \Col"ic\, a.

  1. Of or pertaining to colic; affecting the bowels.

  2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the colon; as, the colic arteries.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"disease characterized by severe abdominal pain," early 15c., from Late Latin colicus "pertaining to colic," from Greek kolikos, belonging to the kolon "lower intestine" (see colon (n.2)). The word was used in English late 14c. as an adjective, "affecting the colon." Related: Colicky (1742).


a. Relating to the colon; colonic. n. 1 (context pathology English) Severe pains that 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.


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


Čolić is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Elvir Čolić (born 1986), Bosnian footballer
  • Ljiljana Čolić (born 1956), politician from Serbia
  • Mladen Čolić (born 1982), Serbian pianist
  • Ratko Čolić (1918-1999), Serbian footballer
  • Tomislav Čolić (born 1987), Serbian footballer
  • Zdravko Čolić (born 1951), singer from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Usage examples of "colic".

Very generally speaking, babies will cry 26 27 Hard-to-Soothe Babies In almost every one of our groups there is a baby who has colic or is especially hard to soothe.

Numbers of all diseased--all maladies Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds, Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs, Intestine stone and ulcer, colic pangs, Demoniac frenzy, moping melancholy, And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence, Dropsies and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums.

This disorder belongs to the class of diseases known as local spasms, of which other varieties exist in such affections as spasmodic asthma and colic.

Hence, although they were badly overgrazing this land and losing most of their calves to colic or coyotes, their herd presently sported some real fat beef on the hoof, and Onofre, knowing exactly how to play on their white middle-class guilt, always managed to drive the price down until the hippies were practically selling Joe Mondragon his Moto-Cross hamburgers for nothing.

Should she for his colic outcries turn him loose with deadly weapons in his hand upon the helpless millions of the people?

In speaking of the oil of anise-seed, Hahnemann says that Forestus observed violent colic caused by its administration.

I pitied the poor patient who could not venture to allude to his colic or his pleurisy until his physician was tipsy.

I perished of colic for want of a stimulus that night, I should not have reproached my friend the Philanthropist, any more than I grudged my other ardent friend the two dollars and more which it cost me to send the charitable message he left in my hands.

Measles, colics, sciatica, headache, giddiness, and many other ailments, all found themselves treated, and I trust bettered, by nitre.

I would e'en take it for sublime, did I not know that the colic is a noisy malady.

Darby, and sit under the straw stack beside the stable to adwise with our hayro about their most important business - what was the best time for the settin' of hins and what was good to cure colic in childher, an' things like that.

I told him likewise that at twelve o'clock last night you were very near death from a severe attack of colic.

I quickly undress myself, and the moment I am in my bed I wake up the soldier by my loud screams, telling him to go for the surgeon, as I am dying of the colic.

Immediately a place Before his eyes appeard, sad, noysom, dark, A Lazar-house it seemd, wherein were laid Numbers of all diseas'd, all maladies Of gastly Spasm, or racking torture, qualmes Of heart-sick Agonie, all feavorous kinds, Convulsions, Epilepsies, fierce Catarrhs, Intestin Stone and Ulcer, Colic pangs, Dropsies, and Asthma's, and Joint-racking Rheums.

It is good for improving a sluggish metabolic rate, for reducing all swelling, especially fluid retention, for premenstrual tension, for aiding breastfeeding and for easing an infant's colic and restlessness.