- 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.
Origin of cyst
Examples from the Web for cyst
Contemporary Examples of cyst
In “The Incalculable Life Gesture,” an elementary school principal develops a cyst in his throat that may or may not be malignant.Quick Reads for the Asylum
August 13, 2009
Historical Examples of cyst
Was it complacence or suspicion that stirred the liquid in the cyst so smoothly?
This case had not proceeded far enough for the formation of the cyst or pus.Cattle and Their Diseases
I had a cyst, of fifteen years' growth, on the back of my head.My Adventures with Your Money
George Graham Rice
Except venereal disorders and a cyst, which he had as a child, has never been ill.The Criminal
After emptying the cyst the gut was readily discovered and opened.
Word Origin for cyst
n combining form
Word Origin for -cyst
1713, from Modern Latin cystis (in English as a Latin word from 1540s), from Greek kystis "bladder, pouch."
An abnormal saclike structure that develops in the body and is filled with fluid or semisolid material.