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/ ɛnˈsɪst /
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verb (used with or without object) Biology.

to enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.



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Origin of encyst

First recorded in 1835–45; en-1 + cyst


en·cyst·ment, en·cys·ta·tion, nounun·en·cyst·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for encyst

  • The resulting coupled cell or zygote divides into two, which again encyst.

  • She has had to encyst it, or it would be to her Senegal and French Guinea possessions a regular main to lay on smuggling.

    West African studies|Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • Thence they are apt to migrate or stray into the lungs and liver, where they encyst themselves.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The Cercari part with their tails, and subsequently they encyst themselves on or within the surface of the body of some mollusk.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for encyst

/ (ɛnˈsɪst) /


biology to enclose or become enclosed by a cyst, thick membrane, or shell

Derived forms of encyst

encysted, adjectiveencystment or encystation, noun
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Medical definitions for encyst

[ ĕn-sĭst ]


To enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.

Other words from encyst

en•cystment null n.
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