candida


can·di·da

noun \ˈkan-də-də\

Definition of CANDIDA

:  any of a genus (Candida) of parasitic fungi that resemble yeasts, occur especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract where they are usually benign but can become pathogenic, and have been grouped with the imperfect fungi but are now often placed with the ascomycetes; especially :  one (C. albicans) causing thrush
can·di·dal \-də-dəl\ adjective

Origin of CANDIDA

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, feminine of candidus
First Known Use: 1939

can·di·da

noun \ˈkan-dəd-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CANDIDA

1
capitalized : a genus of parasitic fungi that resemble yeasts, produce small amounts of mycelium, occur especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract where they are usually benign but can become pathogenic, and have been grouped with the imperfect fungi but are now often placed with the ascomycetes
2
: any fungus of the genus Candida; especially : one (C. albicans) causing thrush
can·di·dal \-dəd-əl\ adjective

candida

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the pathogenic and parasitic fungi (see fungus) that make up the genus Candida in the order Saccharomycetales, which contains the ascomycete yeasts. Candida primarily occur in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract. Though usually benign, candidas can become pathogenic, causing diseases such as candidiasis and thrush.

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