poly·​cys·​tic | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈsi-stik How to pronounce polycystic (audio) \

Definition of polycystic

: having or involving more than one cyst polycystic kidneys a polycystic disease

Examples of polycystic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Women who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, were menopausal, or suffered from conditions including endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome were excluded from the study. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 7 Jan. 2022 There are a lot of possible causes: an autoimmune disorder, female pattern hair loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and more. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 22 Oct. 2021 There are some conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder, or thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism that might require treatment. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 13 Aug. 2021 But this effectively ignores the fact cis women can have elevated testosterone levels as well — for example, due to conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects 10% of women. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 4 June 2021 When her period suddenly stopped at the age of 17, Sethi was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder characterized by excess male hormones, irregular periods and cysts on the ovaries. Anna Haines, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The second characteristic, anovulation, causes irregular menstrual cycles, while the third identifier of PCOS is a polycystic ovarian appearance—cysts on the ovaries—which impacts a woman’s fertility. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 25 Mar. 2021 In the post, Lewandowski said he was born with polycystic kidneys, a degenerative kidney disease. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2021 In November 2020 Wilson revealed that she had been diagnosed in the past with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder that can cause weight gain and make reproduction difficult for women. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of polycystic

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Polycystic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polycystic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of polycystic

: having or involving more than one cyst polycystic kidneys polycystic disease

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