cyst: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sist), [key]
— n.
  1. a closed, bladderlike sac formed in animal tissues, containing fluid or semifluid matter.
  2. a bladder, sac, or vesicle.
    1. a sporelike cell with a resistant, protective wall.
    2. a cell or cavity enclosing reproductive bodies.
    1. a sac, usually spherical, surrounding an animal that has passed into a dormant condition.
    2. such a sac plus the contained animal.
    3. a capsule or resistant covering.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbefore a vowel: cystectomy.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofas final element in a compound word: statocyst.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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