[ kok-sid-ee-oi-deez ]

  1. a genus of fungi, occurring as both mold and yeast, with species especially present in the soil of the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America: Breathing in their microscopic spores can cause coccidioidomycosis.

Origin of Coccidioides

First recorded in 1900–05; coccidi(um) + New Latin -oīdēs, from Greek -oeidēs -oid

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