From the French colique (adj), which referred to the lower part of the intestinal cavity. Prior to that it comes from the Latin, coliculus and earlier from Ancient Greek, κολικός (kolikós) with the same meaning.
- Rhymes: -ɒlɪk
colic (plural colics)
- (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.
colic (not comparable)