from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To enclose in or as if in a cyst.
  • intransitive v. To take the form of or become enclosed in a cyst.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To enclose within a cyst.
  • v. To be enclosed within a cyst.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To inclose in a cyst.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To inclose or become inclosed in a cyst or vesicle.


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