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The cholic (1819) George Cruikshank
SpecialtyGastroenterology, Urology

Colic or cholic (/ˈkɒlɪk/)[1] is a form of pain that starts and stops abruptly. It occurs due to muscular contractions of a hollow tube (small and large intestine, gall bladder, ureter, etc.) in an attempt to relieve an obstruction by forcing content out. It may be accompanied by sweating and vomiting.[2] Types include:

The term is from Greek κολικός kolikos, "relative to the colon".


  1. ^ "colic". Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  2. ^ Bhat, Sriram (2013). SRB's Manual of Surgery. p. 364. ISBN 9789350259443.

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