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[sis-tik] /ˈsɪs tɪk/
pertaining to, of the nature of, or having a cyst or cysts; encysted.
Anatomy. belonging or pertaining to the urinary bladder or gall bladder.
Origin of cystic
1625-35; cyst + -ic
Related forms
intercystic, adjective
precystic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cystic
  • The right branch of the portal vein enters the right lobe of the liver, but before doing so generally receives the cystic vein.
  • cystic fibrosis pulmonary guidelines: pulmonary complications: hemoptysis and pneumothorax.
  • Newborns are now often screened for cystic fibrosis with the idea that they can be treated early to help avoid complications.
  • cystic fibrosis testing is offered to many couples in the us.
British Dictionary definitions for cystic


of, relating to, or resembling a cyst
having or enclosed within a cyst; encysted
relating to the gall bladder or urinary bladder
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Word Origin and History for cystic

1630s, "pertaining to the gall bladder," from French cystique (16c.), from Modern Latin cysticus, from Greek kystis "bladder, pouch." Meaning "pertaining to a cyst" is from 1713. Cystic fibrosis coined in 1938.

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cystic in Medicine

cystic cys·tic (sĭs'tĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristic of a cyst.

  2. Having or containing cysts or a cyst.

  3. Enclosed in a cyst.

  4. Of, relating to, or involving the gallbladder or urinary bladder.

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