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


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

Origin of cryptococcus

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

Related forms

cryp·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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