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1. The analysis and deciphering of cryptographic writings or systems.
2. also crypt·an·a·lyt·ics (krĭp′tăn-ə-lĭt′ĭks)(used with a sing. verb) The study of techniques for deciphering cryptographic writings or systems.

crypt·an′a·lyst (krĭp-tăn′ə-lĭst) n.
crypt·an′a·lyt′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
crypt·an′a·lyze′ (-ə-līz′) adj.


(Communications & Information) the study of codes and ciphers; cryptography
[C20: from cryptograph + analysis]
cryptanalytic, cryptanalytical adj
cryptˈanalyst n


(ˌkrɪp təˈnæl ə sɪs)

1. the procedures, processes, methods, etc., used to translate or interpret secret writings, as codes and ciphers, for which the key is unknown.
2. the science or study of such procedures. Compare cryptography.
[1920–25, Amer.; crypt (ogram) + analysis]
crypt`an•a•lyt′ic (-tæn lˈɪt ɪk) adj.
crypt`an•a•lyt′i•cal•ly, adv.
crypt•an′a•lyst (-ɪst) n.


The steps and operations performed in converting encrypted messages into plain text without initial knowledge of the key employed in the encryption.


1. the procedures and methods used in translating or interpreting codes and ciphers.
2. the science or study of such procedures. Also cryptanalytics. — cryptanalyst, n. — cryptanalytic, cryptanalytical, adj.
See also: Code
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Noun1.cryptanalysis - the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
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