Mother cyst

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mother cyst

A hydatid cyst from the inner, or germinal, layer, from which secondary cyst's containing scoleces (daughter cyst's) are developed; sometimes tertiary cyst's (granddaughter cyst's) are developed within the daughter cyst's; occurs most frequently in the liver, but may be found in other organs and tissues; symptoms are those of a tumour of the part affected.

Synonym: parent cyst.