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colic

Syllabification: col·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkälik
 
/

Definition of colic in English:

noun

Severe, often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies.
Example sentences
  • The pain of renal colic is due to obstruction of urinary flow, with subsequent increasing wall tension in the urinary tract.
  • People used to think that babies with colic were more likely to get asthma or allergies, but now doctors know that is not true.
  • In the mid eighteenth century a severe illness called the Devonshire colic was traced to lead poisoning from the metal used to seal holes in mills and presses.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French colique, from late Latin colicus, from colon (see colon2).

Derivatives

colicky

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Patients complain of colicky abdominal pain, borborygmi and vomiting.
  • Diverticulosis may be misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, because some of the symptoms such as colicky pain, are similar.
  • Kidney stones may present in different ways, but the classic presentation is with acute loin to groin colicky pain associated with nausea and vomiting.

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