- a sporelike cell with a resistant, protective wall.
- a cell or cavity enclosing reproductive bodies.
- a sac, usually spherical, surrounding an animal that has passed into a dormant condition.
- such a sac plus the contained animal.
- a capsule or resistant covering.
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Examples from the Web for cyst
In “The Incalculable Life Gesture,” an elementary school principal develops a cyst in his throat that may or may not be malignant.
For about an inch from this cyst, the track of the ball behind the pancreas was completely obliterated by the healing process.The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield|Emma Elizabeth Brown
An abdominal or pelvic tumor may be pushed out of the way of the compressed bowel, a cyst punctured, a displaced womb replaced.
Cyst, sist, n. a bag in animal bodies containing morbid matter.
The lump in the cyst was brittle and irregular on its surface, as though it was dissolving in the pus.Cattle and Their Diseases|Robert Jennings
A cyst is frequently found attached to the root of a decayed tooth.
British Dictionary definitions for cyst (1 of 2)
Word Origin for cyst
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n combining form
Word Origin for -cyst
Word Origin and History for cyst
1713, from Modern Latin cystis (in English as a Latin word from 1540s), from Greek kystis "bladder, pouch."
Medicine definitions for cyst (1 of 2)
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Culture definitions for cyst
An abnormal saclike structure that develops in the body and is filled with fluid or semisolid material.