encyst

[en-sist]
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verb (used with or without object) Biology.

to enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.

Origin of encyst

First recorded in 1835–45; en-1 + cyst
Related formsen·cyst·ment, en·cys·ta·tion, nounun·en·cyst·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for encyst

Historical Examples of encyst

  • 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

verb

biology to enclose or become enclosed by a cyst, thick membrane, or shell
Derived Formsencysted, adjectiveencystment or encystation, noun
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Medicine definitions for encyst

encyst

[ĕn-sĭst]

v.

To enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.
Related formsen•cystment null n.
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