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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.
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Noun1.cryptanalytics - 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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