cyclo-, cycl-, -cycle, -cyclic, -cyclical, -cycles

(Greek: around, round, circle, circular)

cyclopean, Cyclopean (adjective); more cyclopean, Cyclopean; most cyclopean, Cyclopean
A reference to something that is very big, huge, or great: After graduating from the university as an honor student, Michael had some cyclopean ideas about becoming the chief executive of a large company and living in great wealth.
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cycloplegia (s) (noun), cycloplegias (pl)
The sudden loss of movement in the eye muscles that adjust the size of the lens and are used for focusing.
cycloplegic (adjective) (not comparable)
cycloplegic (s) (noun), cycloplegics (pl)
Cyclops (s) (noun), Cyclopses (pl)
1. Any of the three one-eyed Titans who forged thunderbolts for Zeus.
2. A race of one-eyed giants, that were supposedly descended from the Titans, living on the island of Sicily.
cyclorama (s) (noun), cycloramas (pl)
cycloramic (adjective), more cycloramic, most cycloramic
cyclospore (s) (noun), cyclospora (pl)
One-celled, microscopic parasites that cause weeks or even months of severe intestinal illnesses associated with diarrhea and sometimes extreme bowel movements: "Some symptoms of cyclospora include a loss of appetite, cramps, nausea, and fatigue."

"Many cases of the cyclospora are self healing; however, sometimes antibiotics can speed recovery and reduce symptoms faster."

"Often, the cyclospora symptoms seem to go away, but they can return a few more times."

"Generally, outbreaks of cyclospora take place when food or water is contaminated with the parasite."

"The parasite is more common in tropical countries, and previous outbreaks in the United States came from eating fresh produce that was imported from these regions."

"The causes of the contaminations of cyclospora could be a result of unclean produce or the use of unsanitary irrigation methods that are utilized to grow the produce; so far, research has not been able to determine what is causing the infections for consumers."

—Compiled from information located in
"What We Know (and Don't Know) About the Latest Stomach Bug Outbreak" by
Alexandra Sifferlin; Time magazine in "Health & Family"; July 25, 2013.
Read more: The Latest Stomach Bug Outbreak.
cyclostome (s) (noun), cyclostomes (pl)
cyclotherapy (s) (noun), cyclotherapies (pl)
A physical treatment that utilizes the use of a bicycle or a bicycle exercise machine.
cyclothymia (s) (noun), cyclothymias (pl)
1. Psychiatric disorder involving mood swings.
2. A psychiatric disorder in which the patient has frequent, relatively mild mood swings, between elation and depression.

Cyclothymia is a mild mood disorder which is sometimes seen as more of a personality trait than an illness. It is characterised by repetitive periods of mild depression followed by periods of normal or a slightly elevated mood (depressions and euphorias). A percentage of cyclothymics go on to develop full-blown bipolar disorder at some stage in their lives, while others suffer from forms of depression or other more severe mood disorders.

Some researchers have theorized that cyclothymia is common among creative and high-achieving people, with the idea being that cyclothymics develop new ideas during their brief high periods and then persist through the work necessary to achieve that new idea during their lengthy low periods.

cyclothymic (adjective), more cyclothymic, most cykclothymic
cyclotomy (s) (noun), cyclotomies (pl)
cyclotron (s) (noun), cyclotrons (pl)
1. An accelerator in which particles are propelled in spiral paths by the use of a constant magnetic field.
2. A circular particle accelerator in which charged subatomic particles generated at a central source are accelerated spirally outward in a plane perpendicular to a fixed magnetic field by an alternating electric field.

A cyclotron is capable of generating particle energies between a few million and several tens of millions of electron volts.

3. An accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles.
encyclical (s) (noun), encyclicals (pl)

Related "around, round, surrounding" units: ambi-; ampho-; circ-; circum-; gyro-; peri-.