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

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Recent Examples on the Web Karwan did get the VA to cover her in-vitro treatments after convincing the agency that her infertility was partly tied to her inability to get proper treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome while on active duty. Amy Sokolow, USA TODAY, "The VA doesn’t cover fertility treatments for unmarried veterans or same-sex couples. Some want to change that.," 21 Aug. 2020 On the flip side, there are plenty of cisgender women who don’t menstruate for reasons such as menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine disorders, and birth control regimens. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Trans people’s access to health care is imperiled, but a recent Supreme Court case might help," 23 June 2020 Waldron’s polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) makes her periods irregular, so missing one wasn’t out of the ordinary. Kaelyn Forde, Glamour, "When Miscarriage Is a Relief," 28 Oct. 2019 This is a monthly subscription box for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "City announces winners of Liftoff Houston business plan competition," 13 Nov. 2019 And so the cycle continued until one day a friend posted an article about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) on Facebook. Emily Price, Glamour, "I Knew Something Was Wrong With My Body—My Doctors Told Me I Was ‘Just Fat’," 28 Aug. 2019 The quest for answers wore on for years, through a tangled forest of false diagnoses (gluten sensitivity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance). SELF, "My Whole Identity Was Health and Wellness. My Reality Was Disordered Eating.," 24 July 2019 Logging the flow strength and accompanying symptoms can also be a clue into certain health conditions that affect your cycle, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Apple Watch Can Now Track Your Period," 4 June 2019 The conversation led to other conversations about miscarriages, and abortions, and concerns like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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