(med) containing many cysts: a polycystic ovary
polycystic pol·y·cys·tic (pŏl’ē-sĭs’tĭk)
Having or containing many cysts.
- Polycystic kidney
polycystic kidney n. An inherited progressive disease characterized by formation of multiple cysts of varying size scattered diffusely throughout both kidneys and resulting in destruction of the kidney parenchyma, hypertension, bloody urine, and uremia. Also called polycystic disease of kidneys.
- Polycystic liver
polycystic liver n. Gradual cystic dilation of intralobular bile ducts that fail to involute in embryologic development of the liver.
- Polycystic ovary
polycystic ovary n. A condition in which the ovary is pearl-white and enlarged, contains numerous cysts, and has a thickened tunica albuginea. It results in abnormal menses, obesity, and masculinization such as hirsutism and clitoromegaly.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
noun 1. a hormonal disorder in which the Graafian follicles in the ovary fail to develop completely so that they are unable to ovulate, remaining as multiple cysts that distend the ovary. The results can include reduced fertility, obesity, and hirsutism PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome n. Sclerocystic disease of the ovary, characterized by hirsutism, obesity, […]