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

The persistent pain that Garza felt during workouts upon arriving back on campus prompted a visit to the doctor, where a CAT scan revealed the cyst, which was attached to his spleen. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Sophomore Luka Garza on a tear for surging Hawkeyes," 5 Feb. 2019 If you're maligned with nodules or cysts, most OTC options are totally ineffective and your best bet is to be treated by a dermatologist. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 Iowa sophomore Luka Garza started this season in recovery after a nine-pound benign cyst was removed from his abdomen. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Sophomore Luka Garza on a tear for surging Hawkeyes," 5 Feb. 2019 A few days ago, Beckinsale shared on Instagram that she was hospitalized for an erupted ovarian cyst. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Laughs Off Kate Middleton Mixup with the Most Perfect Reaction," 31 Jan. 2019 Apparently, one full hour of watching Dr. Sandra Lee (better known as Dr. Pimple Popper) work her magic and drain pus from some of the biggest cysts, boils, and whiteheads is still not enough. Hilary Shepherd, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Pimple Popper Launches New Website With Behind the Scenes Videos," 8 Aug. 2018 This magic thing has reduced the recovery time of my cysts from >1 month to sometimes 2 weeks or less. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "9 Best Cystic Acne Treatments Real People Swear By," 4 Oct. 2018 The pain from headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain had grown worse this season. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl," 5 Dec. 2018 According to the news outlet, she was born with health conditions including an inoperable cyst on her brain, severe scoliosis, and cerebral palsy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "See the Incredible Moment Keith Urban Made a Dying Fan's Last Wish Come True," 20 Oct. 2018

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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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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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