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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

OTHER WORDS FROM encyst

en·cyst·ment, en·cys·ta·tion, nounun·en·cyst·ed, adjective
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How to use encyst in a sentence

  • 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

encyst
/ (ɛnˈsɪst) /

verb
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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