One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Mycology and Microbiology. Originally: an encysted myxamoeba with a thick, protective cell wall. Later also: a small, encapsulated resting cell produced by many myxobacteria.
2Pathology. A microscopic or very small cyst.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Garnsey (1826–1903). From micro- + cyst, after German Microcyste.
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