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variant of cysto-: cysticercus.
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WORDS THAT USE CYSTI-

What does cysti- mean?

The combining form cysti- is a combining form used like a suffix meaning “cyst,” which is a scientific term for a bladder, sac, or vesicle. It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology and pathology.

The form cysti- comes from Greek kýstis, meaning “bag,” “pouch,” or “bladder.”

What are variants of cysti-?

The form cysti- is a variant of cysto-, which changes its -o- for an -i- when combined with words or word elements beginning with some consonants.

A variant of cysto- when combined with words or word elements beginning with a vowel is cyst-, as in cystoma.

When used as a suffix, the combining form cysti- becomes -cyst, as in oocyst. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for these forms.

Examples of cysti-

A scientific term that features cysti- is cystiform, or cystoid, “resembling a cyst.”

The form cysti- means “cyst,” while the -form portion of the word means “having the form of,” from Latin -fōrmis. Cystiform literally translates to “having the form of a cyst.”

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What are some other forms that cysti- may be commonly confused with?

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The scientific term cysticercus describes the larva of certain tapeworms. Given the meaning of cysti-, what do these larvae look like?

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