from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To inclose in a cyst.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb rare, transitive To enclose within a cyst.
  • verb rare, intransitive To be enclosed within a cyst.


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