verb (used with or without object) Biology.
- to enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.
Origin of encyst
Related formsen·cyst·ment, en·cys·ta·tion, nounun·en·cyst·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1835–45; en-1
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Historical Examples of encyst
Thence they are apt to migrate or stray into the lungs and liver, where they encyst themselves.
She has had to encyst it, or it would be to her Senegal and French Guinea possessions a regular main to lay on smuggling.
The Cercari part with their tails, and subsequently they encyst themselves on or within the surface of the body of some mollusk.
British Dictionary definitions for encyst
Derived Formsencysted, adjectiveencystment or encystation, noun
- biology to enclose or become enclosed by a cyst, thick membrane, or shell
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Related formsen•cyst′ment null n.
- To enclose or become enclosed in a cyst.
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