/ (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-rĭdē-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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