Definition of crypt in English:

crypt

Syllabification: crypt
Pronunciation: /kript
 
/

noun

1An underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place.
More 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
2 Anatomy A small tubular gland, pit, or recess.
More 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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