Origin of cyclosis

First recorded in 1825–35, cyclosis is from the Greek word kýklōsis an encircling. See cycl-, -osis
Related formspseu·do·cy·clo·sis, noun, plural pseu·do·cy·clo·ses. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for cyclosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. biology the circulation of cytoplasm or cell organelles, such as food vacuoles in some protozoans

Word Origin for cyclosis

C19: from Greek kuklōsis an encircling, from kukloun to surround, from kuklos circle
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cyclosis in Medicine


n. pl. cy•clo•ses (-sēz)
  1. The streaming rotary motion of protoplasm within certain cells and one-celled organisms.
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