/ (ˌkrɪptəʊspɔːˈrɪdɪəm) /
any parasitic sporozoan protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium, species of which are parasites of birds and animals and can be transmitted to humans, causing severe abdominal pain and diarrhoea (cryptosporidiosis)
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Medicine definitions for cryptosporidium
[ krĭp′tō-spô-rĭd′ē-əm ]
A genus of parasitic coccidian protozoans that infect the epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract in vertebrates and flourish in humans under conditions of intense immunosuppression.
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