cryptosporidium


cryp·to·spo·rid·i·um

noun \ˌkrip-tō-spr-ˈi-dē-əm\
plural cryp·to·spo·rid·ia\-ē-ə\

Definition of CRYPTOSPORIDIUM

:  any of a genus (Cryptosporidium of the order Coccidia) of protozoans parasitic in the gut of vertebrates including humans and sometimes causing diarrhea

Origin of CRYPTOSPORIDIUM

New Latin, from crypt- + spora spore + -idium
First Known Use: 1982

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