colic

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. [1913 Webster] {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. [1913 Webster]