cys·​tic | \ ˈsi-stik How to pronounce cystic (audio) \

Definition of cystic

1 : of or relating to the urinary bladder or the gallbladder
2 : relating to, composed of, or containing cysts
3 : enclosed in a cyst

Examples of cystic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bacteria multiplies, causing the inflammation that starts a cystic pimple. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Dermatologist Weighs In On How To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 30 July 2020 But Mike's junior year, he was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma and lost part of his face. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie Smith's love story amid cancer draws worldwide response," 21 May 2020 These are a legit must-have for folks with inflamed or cystic acne. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 skincare products with thousands of reviews—and why they're worth it," 13 May 2020 Tests confirmed that a gallstone migrated to her cystic duct, causing a blockage and infection. NBC News, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for gallbladder condition," 4 May 2020 As far as pimples go, those deep, cystic acne flare-ups are probably the most traumatic. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "How to Treat Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists," 3 Mar. 2020 Because adenoid cystic carcinoma most commonly recurs in the lungs, previous scans had focused there and not on her liver. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, "In the fight for her life, young professional runner isn't slowing down," 14 Mar. 2018 The cure: Going on birth control The result: My face erupted in cystic acne, and everything made me cry—even the most mundane entries from Beth’s diary. Danielle Kraese, The New Yorker, "Things That Were Supposed to Cure My Acne and What They Actually Did," 27 Nov. 2019 Her son was born with a protruding tumor on his neck and a large cystic mass in his abdomen, according to Petersen's emails. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Babies and mothers were treated like transactions in Paul Petersen's adoption scheme," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cystic

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cystic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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cys·​tic | \ ˈsis-tik How to pronounce cystic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cystic

1 : relating to, composed of, or containing cysts cystic tissue a cystic tumor
2 : of or relating to the urinary bladder or the gallbladder
3 : enclosed in a cyst a cystic worm larva

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