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  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or having a cyst or cysts; encysted.
  2. Anatomy. belonging or pertaining to the urinary bladder or gall bladder.

Origin of cystic

First recorded in 1625–35; cyst + -ic
Related formsin·ter·cys·tic, adjectivepre·cys·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cystic


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a cyst
  2. having or enclosed within a cyst; encysted
  3. relating to the gall bladder or urinary bladder
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Word Origin and History for cystic


1630s, "pertaining to the gall bladder," from French cystique (16c.), from Modern Latin cysticus, from Greek kystis "bladder, pouch." Meaning "pertaining to a cyst" is from 1713. Cystic fibrosis coined in 1938.

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cystic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristic of a cyst.
  2. Having or containing cysts or a cyst.
  3. Enclosed in a cyst.
  4. Of, relating to, or involving the gallbladder or urinary bladder.
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