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crypt

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noun \ˈkript\

Simple Definition of crypt

  • : a room under a church in which people are buried after they have died

Full Definition of crypt

  1. 1 a :  a chamber (as a vault) wholly or partly underground; especially :  a vault under the main floor of a church b :  a chamber in a mausoleum

  2. 2 a :  an anatomical pit or depression b :  a simple tubular gland

Examples of crypt

  1. <the old church's crypt is the final resting place for the president and his beloved wife>



Origin of crypt

Latin crypta, from Greek kryptē, from feminine of kryptos hidden, from kryptein to hide; perhaps akin to Lithuanian krauti to pile up


First Known Use: 1789

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Rhymes with crypt


crypt-

combining form

Definition of crypt-

  1. 1 :  hidden :  covered <cryptogenic>

  2. 2 :  cryptographic <cryptanalysis>



Variants of crypt-

or crypto-

Origin of crypt-

New Latin, from Greek kryptos


Medical Dictionary

crypt

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noun \ˈkript\

Medical Definition of crypt

  1. 1:  an anatomical pit, depression, or invagination <a developing tooth in its bony crypt>—see tonsillar crypt

  2. 2:  a simple tubular gland (as a crypt of Lieberkühn)




crypt-

combining form

Medical Definition of crypt-

  1. :  hidden :  covered <cryptogenic>



Variants of crypt-

or crypto-


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