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cryptosporidium

noun cryp·to·spo·rid·i·um \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

cryptosporidium

noun cryp·to·spo·rid·i·um \ˌkrip-tō-spr-ˈid-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

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)
2
plural cryp·to·spo·rid·ia \-ē-ə\ :  any protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium

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