[ krip-toh-ko-koh-sis ]
/ ˌkrɪp toʊ kɒˈkoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

a disease caused by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, chiefly found in soil contaminated by pigeon droppings, and characterized by lesions, especially of the nervous system and lungs.

Nearby words

  1. cryptobiosis,
  2. cryptoclastic,
  3. cryptoclimate,
  4. cryptoclimatology,
  5. cryptococcal meningitis,
  6. cryptococcus,
  7. cryptocrystalline,
  8. cryptocurrency,
  9. cryptogam,
  10. cryptogamous

Origin of cryptococcosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1935–40; see origin at cryptococcus, -osis

Also called European blastomycosis, torulosis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cryptococcosis


[ krĭp′tə-kŏ-kōsĭs ]


A systemic infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans that can affect the lungs, skin, or other body organs but that occurs most often in the brain and meninges.Busse-Buschke disease

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