Origin of cryptosporidium
New Latin, from crypt- + spora spore + -idium
First Known Use: 1982
Medical Definition of cryptosporidium
1 capitalized : a genus of protozoans of the order Coccidia that are parasitic in the gut of many vertebrates including humans and that sometimes cause diarrhea especially in individuals who are immunocompromised (as in AIDS)
2plural cryptosporidia \-ē-ə\play : any protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium
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