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

Examples of cyst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meyer, who left Ohio State in part because of a cyst in his brain that was causing him regular headaches, will now figure that out about himself. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "In Trevor Lawrence, Urban Meyer will draft the quarterback he’s been waiting for his whole career," 22 Apr. 2021 Bradley had been dealing with a sore wrist after having a cyst removed during the offseason. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Brewers' Topa undergoes MRI, will start year on injured list," 28 Mar. 2021 In 2009, Meyer took a leave of absence from Florida due to symptoms from a brain cyst. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Urban Meyer: ‘Zero chance’ of returning to college after NFL stint, references Nick Saban," 29 Mar. 2021 Bursting ovarian cyst: get some super-strong meds, and change it from a standing scene to a sitting scene. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, "9 Times Sharon Stone Looked Death in the Eyes," 30 Mar. 2021 He was paralyzed after surgery to remove the cyst on his spinal cord � a side effect of the surgery. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Woodbury 4-year-old begins long recovery after rare spinal injury," 24 Mar. 2021 Price’s average fastball velocity dipped from 94.3 mph in 2017 to 92.7 mph in 2018 to 92.0 mph in 2019, a season that ended with surgery to remove a cyst in his left wrist. Los Angeles Times, "Veteran starter David Price offers to move to the bullpen if it helps the Dodgers," 8 Mar. 2021 Health concerns including headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain played a role in his decision to leave Ohio State in December 2018 after the Rose Bowl. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Reports: NFL teams looking at former Florida, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer," 28 Dec. 2020 In 2018, Meyer retired from the Ohio State job, citing health concerns, including headaches related to a congenital arachnoid cyst. New York Times, "Urban Meyer to Make N.F.L. Jump With Jacksonville Jaguars," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Cyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyst. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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