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painter's colic


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chronic intestinal pains and constipation caused by lead poisoning. Also called lead colic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. See Lead colic, under Colic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. symptom of chronic lead poisoning and associated with obstinate constipation


So called because the disease is often caused by exposure to lead-based paint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Lead poisoning caused by inhaling fumes from lead-based paints.

    July 10, 2008