1. The analysis and deciphering of encrypted texts or systems of encryption.
2. also crypt·an·a·lyt·ics (krĭp′tăn-ə-lĭtĭks)(used with a sing. verb) The study of techniques for deciphering encrypted texts or systems of encryption.
crypt·ana·lyst (krĭp-tănə-lĭst) n.
crypt·an′a·lytic (-lĭtĭk) adj.
crypt·ana·lyze′ (-ə-līz′) adj.
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