Definition of cystic in English:


Syllabification: cys·tic
Pronunciation: /ˈsistik


  • 1chiefly Medicine Of, relating to, or characterized by cysts.
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    • Multiple areas of tumor necrosis, cystic degeneration, and old hemorrhage were present.
    • Sectioning of the mass revealed a mixed solid and cystic appearance with the cysts ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 cm in diameter.
    • Our preoperative diagnosis included a pericardial/thymic cyst or cystic tumor, displacing the heart and compromising cardiac function.
  • 1.1 Zoology (Of a parasite or other organism) enclosed in a cyst: the cystic stage
  • 2Of or relating to the urinary bladder or the gallbladder: the cystic artery
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    • Gallstones can migrate from their primary site of origin in the gallbladder through the cystic duct and into the common bile duct.
    • The gallbladder and its cystic duct join the hepatic duct to form the common bile duct, which drains into the lumen of the duodenum.
    • He transects the cystic duct and divides the cystic artery with electrosurgery before removing the gallbladder.


mid 17th century (originally referring to the gallbladder): from French cystique or modern Latin cysticus, from late Latin cystis (see cyst).

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