Meaning of crypticity in English:


Pronunciation /krɪpˈtɪsɪti/


  • 1 rare The quality of being enigmatic or mysterious.

  • 2Biology
    The degree to which a component of a cell, especially an enzyme or receptor, is limited in access or exposure to a substance with which it interacts; the property of being inaccessible or unavailable in this manner.

  • 3Zoology
    Cryptic coloration or behaviour; = crypsis .

  • 4In information theory: a conceptual measure of the complexity of a system as represented by the difficulty of proceeding from a full description of it to a compressed or coded description.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New Review. From cryptic + -ity see -icity.