candida

noun
can·​di·​da | \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

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Other Words from candida

candidal \ -​də-​dᵊl \ adjective

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Several studies link IUDs with recurrent yeast infections, suggesting that the IUDs and their strings can harbor candida, a.k.a. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "18 Things Every Woman Should Know About Getting an IUD," 6 Feb. 2018 The Non-Fear Factor in Fat and Fiber Nut butter, avocado, coconut, or candida-killing MCT oil are blender-ready fats that slow digestion and curb cravings—foods formerly shamed, but recently vindicated. Elizabeth Varnell, Vogue, "The Healthiest Way to Make Your Morning Juice—Hold the Sugar," 15 July 2017

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First Known Use of candida

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candida

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, feminine of candidus

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The first known use of candida was in 1939

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candida

noun
can·​di·​da | \ˈkan-dəd-ə \

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

3 : infection with fungi of the genus Candida : candidiasis Three to five days of careful treatment should cause the rash to subside. If it doesn't, the infant may have candida, a yeast infection that usually affects a larger area than diaper rash and makes the skin redder.— Carol Deasy Brown, Parenting, March 1994 — see thrush, yeast infection

Other Words from candida

candidal \ -​dəd-​ᵊl \ adjective
candidal infection

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