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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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  • According to Van Beneden the hooks make their appearance immediately after encystation.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for encystation


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