cyst

noun
\ ˈsist How to pronounce cyst (audio) \

Definition of cyst

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a closed sac having a distinct membrane and developing abnormally in a cavity or structure of the body
2 : a body resembling a cyst: such as
a : a resting spore of many algae
b : the air bladder of certain algae or aquatic plants (such as rockweed)
c : a capsule formed about a minute organism going into a resting or spore stage also : this capsule with its contents
d : a resistant cover about a parasite produced by the parasite or the host
variants: or cysti- or cysto-

Definition of cyst- (Entry 2 of 3)

: bladder cystitis : sac cystocarp

Definition of -cyst (Entry 3 of 3)

: bladder : sac blastocyst

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many fields around the world, Dr Campbell observes, are suffering a growing burden of pests and disease, such as potato-cyst nematode. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019 Nobody would try to pop a cyst with a Kindle or prop open a window with a phone. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Reader, I Googled It," 26 Aug. 2019 The boy had been scheduled for the removal of a benign cyst on his forehead. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "$12.3M payout for infant burned in Madigan operating-room fire delayed as feds consider appeal," 15 Aug. 2019 Lastly, being on a plane tends to make cysts erupt from my face, so a quick application of Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion helps clear that right up! Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Beauty Editors Share Their In-Flight Beauty Routines," 24 July 2019 Secondary dysmenorrhea can be caused by uterine fibroids, cysts, or polyps. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Having Cramps After Your Period Isn't 'Normal'," 25 June 2019 Prepare yourself both physically and emotionally for season three, in which the cysts are large and the emotions run high. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dr. Pimple Popper Is Back for Season 3 With a Harrowing and Pus-Filled Trailer," 8 May 2019 What those symptoms are depends on where the cyst is located. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 Ian then developed another cyst-like lump under his arm that didn’t respond to antibiotics. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nevada star golfer back at Junior World after beating cancer," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of cyst

Noun

circa 1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cyst

Noun

New Latin cystis, from Greek kystis bladder, pouch; akin to Sanskrit śvasiti he blows, snorts — more at wheeze

Combining form

French, from Greek kyst-, kysto-, from kystis

Noun combining form

New Latin -cystis, from Greek kystis

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cyrtostyle

Cyrus

Cyrus II

cyst

cyst-

-cyst

cysteamine

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cyst

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cyst

medical : a growth filled with liquid that forms in or on your body

cyst

noun
\ ˈsist How to pronounce cyst (audio) \

Kids Definition of cyst

1 : an abnormal lump or sac that forms in or on the body
2 : a saclike structure with a protective covering or a body (as a spore) with such a covering

cyst

noun
\ ˈsist How to pronounce cyst (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyst

1 : a closed sac having a distinct membrane and developing abnormally in a body cavity or structure
2 : a body resembling a cyst: as
a : a capsule formed about a minute organism going into a resting or spore stage also : this capsule with its contents
b : a resistant cover about a parasite produced by the parasite or the host — compare hydatid sense 2a

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