What does cyst mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cyst(noun)

    a closed sac that develops abnormally in some body structure

  2. vesicle, cyst(noun)

    a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)


  1. cyst(Noun)

    A pouch or sac without opening, usually membranous and containing morbid matter, which develops in one of the natural cavities or in the substance of an organ.

  2. Origin: From kustuz, from ǵéwstus. Cognate with Old Saxon cust (Dutch kust), Old High German chust, kostr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cyst(noun)

    a pouch or sac without opening, usually membranous and containing morbid matter, which is accidentally developed in one of the natural cavities or in the substance of an organ

  2. Cyst(noun)

    in old authors, the urinary bladder, or the gall bladder

  3. Cyst(noun)

    one of the bladders or air vessels of certain algae, as of the great kelp of the Pacific, and common rockweeds (Fuci) of our shores

  4. Cyst(noun)

    a small capsule or sac of the kind in which many immature entozoans exist in the tissues of living animals; also, a similar form in Rotifera, etc

  5. Cyst(noun)

    a form assumed by Protozoa in which they become saclike and quiescent. It generally precedes the production of germs. See Encystment

  6. Origin: [Gr. ky`stis bladder, bag, pouch, fr. ky`ein to be pregnant. Cf. Cyme.]


  1. Cyst

    A cyst is a closed sac, having a distinct membrane and division compared to the nearby tissue. It may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. A collection of pus is called an abscess, not a cyst. Once formed, a cyst could go away on its own or may have to be removed through surgery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cyst

    sist, n. a bag in animal bodies containing morbid matter.—adjs. Cyst′ic, Cyst′iform, Cystoid′, having the form of, or contained in, a cyst or bag.—ns. Cys′ticle, a small cyst; Cystī′tis, inflammation of the bladder; Cys′tocele, a hernia formed by the protrusion of the bladder; Cystō′ma, a tumour containing cysts; Cystot′omy, the operation of cutting into the bladder to remove extraneous matter. [Low L. cystis—Gr. kystis, a bladder.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cyst in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cyst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rachel Dardik:

    It's not uncommon to have a fluid-filled cyst on the ovary, and if it's rubbed or touched even with the vagina as a barrier, it can hurt quite a bit.

  2. Mean Girls:

    A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don’t think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else, you don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it.

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