[ krip-tuh-kok-uh s ]
/ ˌkrɪp təˈkɒk əs /


any yeastlike fungus of the genus Cryptococcus, including C. neoformans, the causative agent of cryptococcosis.

Nearby words

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

Origin of cryptococcus

From New Latin, dating back to 1833; see origin at crypto-, -coccus

Related formscryp·to·coc·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cryptococcus


[ krĭp′tə-kŏkəs ]


Any of a genus of yeastlike fungi commonly occurring in the soil and including certain pathogenic species.

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