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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n colic acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Colic (Med) A severe paroxysmal pain in the abdomen, due to spasm, obstruction, or distention of some one of the hollow viscera.
    • Colic Of or pertaining to colic; affecting the bowels.
    • Colic (Anat) Of or pertaining to the colon; as, the colic arteries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colic In pathology, severe spasms of pain in the abdomen or bowels; specifically, spasms of pain arising from perverted and excessive peristaltic contractions.
    • colic In anatomy, pertaining to the colon or large intestine: as, a colic artery.
    • colic Affecting the bowels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Colic kol′ik a disease attended with severe pain and flatulent distension of the abdomen, without diarrhœa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. kolikoskolon, the large intestine.


In literature:

Fruit is good if they ain't subjec' to colic, which needs poultices o' linseed, an' truck like that.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The pain of colic is relieved by gentle pressure and gentle rubbing.
"The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases" by Charles West, M.D.
He's as old as old what's-his-name who ate grass and died of a colic, in the Bible.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
The celebrated Doctor Bertier asserts that the sound of a drum gives him the colic.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
Next to the natural sciences, logic can give the Church the colic quicker than any other kind of a green apple.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
When a boy eats green apples he is in for a colic, but he generally gets over the colic.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Your caresses will not cure his colic; but he will remember what he has to do in order to be petted.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
The consequence was a fresh attack of colic.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
I's boil red oak bark and make tea for fever and make cactus weed root tea for fever and chills and colic.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I thought it was a colic.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
No your tam vinekar, as would colic a horse.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2" by Alexander Leighton
Dear little baby had a bad colic; Had to take three drops of nassy palagolic.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Very beneficial to children in cases of flatulency and colic.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Nothing cures a colic quicker than that.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
Painters again are liable to palsy and colic, from the use of white lead.
"The Night Side of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Faith, the beast only gets the colic, an' he's the lucky man.
"International Short Stories" by Various
I have eaten of that dish at home, and it gave me the colic of disgust.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
In October 1587 both the grand duke and his wife died of colic within a couple of days of each other.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Dr. Porter had strictly forbidden the stuff, calling it a fount of potential colic.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick

In poetry:

"In every julep that he drinks,
May gout, and bile, and headache be;
And when he strives to calm his pain,
May colic mingle with his tea.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
His hens wouldn't lay, and his cow broke loose,
And his old horse perished of a colic.
In the loft his wheat-bags were nibbled into holes
By little, glutton mice on a frolic.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell

In news:

CHICAGO — Crosscare on Tuesday announced that their colic remedy, Colief Infant Drops, is now available at Duane Reade stores.
Paddy O'Prado Recovering from Colic Surgery.
Paddy O'Prado is doing well after having colic surgery late May 11 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.
Olympic Dressage Horse Mythilus Euthanized after Colic Surgery.
Among domesticated, horses, colic is the leading cause of premature death.
The incidence of colic in the general horse population has been estimated between 10 and 11 percent on an annual basis.
Horse-owners or horse caregivers are often faced with making colic-related decisions.
Probiotics, believed to help with digestion, are increasingly being studied to treat wide-ranging conditions, from colic to cholesterol and the common cold.
For example, in my current position as a behavioral pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital I teach the pediatric residents and medical students about colic by starting with Winnnicott's notion of "primary maternal preoccupation".
Folk remedies for colic do not work, review says.
Iowa Oaks winner dies Nov 13 due to complications from colic.
Equine owners must practice sound management in altering their animals' rations if problems with colic or founder are to be avoided, said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist.
Its use as a stimulant and a cure for colic was documented as long ago as 1550 B.C.
Shirley married Colice Ervin Watts on August 27, 1955.
10 Ways to Soothe Baby's Colic.