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candida

[kan-di-duh]
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noun
  1. any of the yeastlike fungi constituting the genus Candida, members of which may cause athlete's foot, vaginitis, thrush, or other infections.
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Origin of candida

1923; < New Latin; Latin: feminine of candidus bright, light; see candid

Candida1

[kan-di-duh]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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Candida2

[kan-di-duh]
noun
  1. a comedy (1898) by G. B. Shaw.
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British Dictionary definitions for candida

candida

noun
  1. any yeastlike parasitic fungus of the genus Candida, esp C. albicans, which causes thrush (candidiasis)
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Word Origin

New Latin, feminine of candidus white
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candida in Medicine

Candida

(kăndĭ-də)
n.
  1. A genus of the pathogenic yeastlike fungi.
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candida in Science

candida

[kăndĭ-də]
  1. Any of the yeastlike deuteromycete fungi of the genus Candida that are normally present on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Certain species may become pathogenic, especially C. albicans, which causes thrush and other infections.
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