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 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 So what may work for your best friend's cystic zit may do absolutely nothing for yours. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "9 Best Cystic Acne Treatments Real People Swear By," 4 Oct. 2018 In some cases, however, benzoyl peroxide can also help with cystic acne, which is the deepest, and most painful, type. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Benzoyl Peroxide and Its Acne-Fighting Powers," 19 Aug. 2019 However, things definitely worsened this year and my cystic acne once again felt a bit out of control. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Cured My Cystic Acne With This Natural Supplement," 7 Aug. 2019 Heads to Heaven’ Gabe, a former track and cross-country athlete for the University of Minnesota, was first diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009. Joelle Goldstein,, "Marathon Runner Gabriele 'Gabe' Grunewald Dies at 32 After Decade-Long Battle with Cancer," 12 June 2019 Hormonal and cystic acne can occur in anyone and is actually more common in adults than teens. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How I Used Korean Skin Care to Treat My Hormonal Acne," 9 Mar. 2018

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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