Origin of sac

1735–45; < Latin saccus sack1
Related formssac·like, adjective
Can be confusedbag sac sack sacque Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for saclike


  1. a pouch, bag, or pouchlike part in an animal or plant
Derived Formssaclike, adjective

Word Origin for sac

C18: from French, from Latin saccus; see sack 1


abbreviation for (in Britain)
  1. Special Area of Conservation
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Word Origin and History for saclike



"biological pocket," 1741, from French sac, from Latin saccus "bag" (see sack (n.1)).


central Algonquian people who lived near the upper Mississippi before the Black Hawk War of 1832, from French Canadian Saki, probably a shortened borrowing of Ojibwa (Algonquian) /osa:ki:/, literally "person of the outlet" (of the Saginaw River, which itself contains their name, and means literally "in the Sauk country").

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saclike in Medicine


  1. A pouch or bursa.
  2. An encysted abscess at the root of a tooth.
  3. The capsule of a tumor or the envelope of a cyst.
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saclike in Science


  1. A pouch or pouch-shaped structure in an animal or plant, often containing liquids. The human bladder is a sac.
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