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 There is also a risk the whole ovary may be lost, whereas with a smaller cyst it could have been preserved, having an impact on long term reproductive health and fertility. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 4 Apr. 2022 When Susan was 16, a cyst burst on one of her ovaries. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Last April the international journalist and news anchor, 64, went to her doctor in London for an annual screening, when a grapefruit-sized cyst was discovered on her right ovary. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Warlette told Dateline that Krystle said she had been treated for a cyst on her ovaries. NBC News, 19 Apr. 2022 Recurrence of the cyst may require definitive surgery. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 Without further ado, here's the scoop straight from dermatologists on some of the best acne treatments for every type of zit, cyst, and pustule threatening to implode on your skin. Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 11 Mar. 2022 An ovarian follicle that doesn’t release an egg may develop a cyst on the ovary, but the exact cause of ovarian cysts is difficult to define. Serena Coady, SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 Then Brown died of complications at 42 from the removal of an ovarian cyst. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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cysteamine

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5 Aug 2022

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“Cyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyst. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cyst

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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