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A reference to organisms that use a covering of other organisms or inanimate material to conceal themselves.
crypta (singular) cryptae (plural):
1. A hidden vault.
2. A chapel or oratory underground, or under a church or cathedral.
crypt, cryptal:
1. A hidden vault.
2. Various recesses, glandular cavities, etc. in the body; such as, tonsillar crypts.
cryptanalysis, cryptanalytics, cryptanalytic, cryptanalytical:
The procedures and methods used in translating or interpreting codes and ciphers; the science or study of such procedures.
1. Cryptomnesia (subconscious memory) or hidden memory.
2. The recall of memories not recognized as such but thought to be original creations.
A secret ruler.
A secret government.
In medicine, excision of a crypt in a body.
cryptesthesia, cryptaesthesia, cryptesthetic:
1. The power of perceiving without a sensory mechanism; clairvoyance.
2. A general term for clairvoyance, clairaudience, and other types of paranormal cognition in which the sensory stimulus is unknown.
cryptic, cryptically:
1. Deliberately mysterious and seeming to have a hidden meaning.
2. With an indirect solution or clue, e.g., crosswords, puzzles, or anagrams.
3. Secret or hidden in some way.
4. Using or relating to codes and similar techniques.
5. In zoology, used to describe body markings and color that camouflage an animal.
cryptid, cryptids:
“Hidden animals” that apparently begin life in modern times as blurry photographs, grainy videos, and countless stories about strange things that go bump in the night.

Cryptids come in many forms including lake monsters, sea serpants, giant octopi, snakes, birds, and even living dinosaurs.

In medicine, inflammation of a crypt or follicle, especially an anal crypt.
cryptobiosis, cryptobiotic:
1. The condition in which all external signs of metabolic activity are absent from a dormant organism.
2. A state in which the signs of life of an organism have weakened to the point where they are barely measurable or no longer measurable.
A reference to organisms that are typically hidden or concealed in crevices or under stones.
An animal with concealed or covered branchiae or gills.
Having the gills concealed; specifically, applied to certain divisions of crustacea, gastropods, etc.
cryptocarp, cryptocarpic, cryptocarpous:
The sexual fruit of certain sea-weeds, also called cystocarp; having the fruit or fruiting organs concealed.
A congenital deformity in which the head is not apparent.
Having concealed “horns” or antennae.
Made up of minute fragmental particles, often used to designate a type of rock.
The climate of the inside of a building, airliner, or space ship; as distinguished from that on the outside.
A reference to rocks that are composed of crystals too small to be seen with a petrological microscope.
A congenital anomaly in which one fetus is concealed within another fetus.
Relating to hidden force.
The fauna of protected or concealed microhabitats.
A lower plant, lacking conspicuous reproductive structures such as flowers or cones or a plant that does not have apparent reproductive organs.
One who is proficient in cryptogamic botany, i.e., the study of plants, such as ferns and mosses, that have no true flowers or seeds.
cryptogenic, cryptogene:
Of unknown, indeterminate, or obscure cause or origin.
cryptogram, cryptograph:
1. A message or writing in code or cipher.
2. A machine for writing or deciphering encoded messages.
cryptographer, cryptographist:
Someone who specializes in the science or study of secret writing.
cryptography, cryptology:
1. The science or study of secret writing, especially codes and ciphers.
2. The procedures and methods of making and using codes and ciphers.
3. The procedures and methods of making and using secret languages; such as, codes or ciphers.
A nonapparent, latent, or hidden infection.
A reference to a form of secret speech.
Monthly subjective symptoms of menses without flow of blood; it may be caused by an imperforate hymen or a hymen without an opening.
cryptomnesia, cryptomnesic:
1. The recall of memories not recognized as such or forgotten experiences that are recalled but which appear to be completely new.
2. The recall to mind of a forgotten episode that seems entirely new to the patient and not a part of his former experiences; subconscious memory.
A private or secret name.
A name that is concealed; anonymous.
With no definite or distinct nervous system.
Neologisms that simulate coherent speech despite the fact that they are expressed as unintelligible conglomerations of sounds or written as series of unintelligible letters.
A perennial plant with renewal buds below ground or water level; including the geophyte, the helophyte, and the hydrophyte.
1. Having existence in a concealed form.
2. Having no apparent causative agent; said of an infection in which the infecting organism has concealed itself.
1. A condition characterized by the swelling of the lower parts of the legs and dorsa of the feet so as to cover all but the soles of the feet. The dorsa (plural of dorsum) refers to the back or posterior areas of some parts of the anatomy.
2. A swelling of the lower part of the leg and the foot, in such a manner that there is great distortion and the sole seems to be a flattened pad.
Having hidden or obscure pores.
In ancient architecture, a concealed or enclosed portico; an enclosed gallery having, at the side, walls with openings instead of columns; also a covered or subterranean passage.
A feather filament, developed from papilla (a conical dermal structure on birds, the beginning of a feather).
cryptorchid, cryptorchism, cryptorchidism:
A developmental condition affecting male humans or animals in which one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum.
Operation for the correction of an undescended testicle.
Secreting internally; endocrine.
The habitat of cryptozoa.
The desire to secretly look through windows of homes that one passes by.
An infectious condition of human and domestic animals, characterized by fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It is spread by a protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium.
A water-borne protozoan parasite that contaminates drinking water supplies, causing intestinal infections in human beings and domestic animals.
The text part of a message that is in coded form.
Having hidden toxic properties; said of a solution normally nontoxic, but which may become toxic when the colloidal balance is disturbed.
Any substance whose toxic characteristics are not readily apparent or are hidden by other benign characteristics.
A secret fetish for women’s underwear.
Produced by completely concealed volcanic action.
A substance present in a variety of foods (e.g., eggs and corn) that can be converted to vitamin A by many animal livers.
1. A reference to small terrestrial animals (cryptozoa) inhabiting crevices, living under stones, in soil, or in litter.
2. Used to describe invertebrates that live in dark or concealed places such as under stones or in caves or holes.
3. In geology, the geologic time interval for which the corresponding rocks show limited evidence of primitive life forms [see the excerpts that follow].
The earliest rocks on earth with elaborate fossils are said to belong to the Cambrian age; and the entire four-billion-year history of our planet that preceded it has been, until recently, dismissed as the pre-Cambrian age. Now that the traces of life have unmistakably been found in it, the more appropriate name Cryptozoic eon (hidden life) is used, while the last 600 million years make up the Phanerozoic eon (visible life).
The Cryptozoic eon is even divided into two sections:
The earlier Archeozoic era (ancient life), to which the first traces of unicellular life belong; and the later Proterozoic era (early life).
Asimov’s New Guide to Science by Isaac Asimov
(New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1984), p. 782.
A malarial parasite at the state in its life cycle when it is present in the host’s body tissue but before it invades the red blood cells.
cryptozoology, cryptozoological:
1. The study of animals whose existence has yet to be proven.
2. The study of legendary creatures like the Loch Ness (Nessie), the Yeti, jackalope (half jackrabbit, half antelope), Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Ogopogo, etc.
3. The study of cryptozoic organisms.
The term, cryptozoology is said to have been coined in the late 1950’s
— Belgian zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans.
decrypt, decrypted, decrypting, decryption:
1. To solve (a cryptogram) without knowledge of a key.
2. To convert (a cryptogram) into plaintext with proper application of a key.
Wholly hidden or secret; specifically of a cipher incapable of being read except by those who have a key.
A reference to a desire or fondness for women’s black undergarments.
An ingrown (nonvisible) nail [a toenail, one edge of which is overgrown by the nailfold, producing a pyogenic granuloma; due to faulty trimming of the toenails or pressure from a tight shoe].
procryptic, procryptically:
Having the function of protectively concealing: applied to the protective mimicry of color and form, observed in insects (especially butterflies and moths and their caterpillars), and some other animals.
1. A reference to protective resemblances between diverse species.
2. Applied to the resemblance between different organisms (especially insects) having common protective coloration by which they are concealed from attack.
A form of printing telegraph that is adopted so it prints secret or private communications.
Any disease of the hair follicles.
A reference to something that is hidden in fossil wood.

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