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[en-sist] /ɛnˈsɪst/
verb (used with or without object), Biology.
to enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.
Origin of encyst
First recorded in 1835-45; en-1 + cyst
Related forms
encystment, encystation, noun
unencysted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for encyst
Historical Examples
  • Thence they are apt to migrate or stray into the lungs and liver, where they encyst themselves.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • She has had to encyst it, or it would be to her Senegal and French Guinea possessions a regular main to lay on smuggling.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • The Cercari part with their tails, and subsequently they encyst themselves on or within the surface of the body of some mollusk.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for encyst


(biology) to enclose or become enclosed by a cyst, thick membrane, or shell
Derived Forms
encysted, adjective
encystment, encystation, noun
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encyst in Medicine

encyst en·cyst (ěn-sĭst')
v. en·cyst·ed, en·cyst·ing, en·cysts
To enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.

en·cyst'ment or en'cys·ta'tion n.
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