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cryptococcus

[ krip-tuh-kok-uhs ]

noun

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


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  • crypto·coccal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cryptococcus1

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

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