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crypt

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Pronunciation: /krɪpt
 
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Definition of crypt in English:

noun

1An underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place.
Example sentences
  • Thirteen additional art works were packed into the central aisle, adjacent chapels and underground crypts of the church.
  • It is thought possible that the bones could have been buried beneath an old crypt under the original chapel or that they could have been moved from a nearby burial site.
  • In the catacombs of the Capuchin crypt beneath Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione, Rome, the bones of 4000 monks are arranged in Baroque patterns on the ceilings.
Synonyms
tomb, vault, mausoleum, burial chamber, sepulchre, catacomb, ossuary, undercroft;
Archaeology mastaba
2 Anatomy A small tubular gland, pit, or recess.
Example sentences
  • The epithelium, often with villi, crypts, and glands, simulates the normal mucosa of the gut.
  • There was no atypical gland or crypt abscess in the mucosa.
  • The pharyngeal tonsil does not possess true crypts but rather widened ducts of underlying glands.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'cavern'): from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē 'a vault', from kruptos 'hidden'.

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