candida

noun

can·​di·​da ˈkan-də-də How to pronounce candida (audio)
: 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
candidal adjective

Examples of candida in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Immunostimulatory therapies: To target the wart from the inside out, healthcare professionals can use injectables such as candida antigen and bleomycin to target the virus internally. Lacey Muinos, Verywell Health, 3 May 2024 Specifically, there is some evidence in clinical trials that the L. reuteri and L. fermentum probiotics in this product may defend against yeast infections (otherwise known as the vaginal overgrowth of candida albicans) and reduce urinary tract infection (UTI) reoccurrence in women. Shushy Rita Setrakian Ms, Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2024 Overuse of topical steroids is most likely the cause of perioral dermatitis, however, it may also be caused by candida albicans, a yeast, which is a type of fungus, Cleveland Clinic notes, adding that fluoridated toothpaste, gum, or hormonal contraceptives, can also cause flare-ups. Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 Fungal Rash Fungal rashes are skin infections caused by two specific types of fungi: tinea and candida. Parents Editors, Parents, 3 Sep. 2023 For the most part, healthy people do not have to worry about invasive candida infections. The Conversation, Fortune Well, 6 Apr. 2023 In the past, most invasive candida infections were caused by Candida albicans. The Conversation, Fortune Well, 6 Apr. 2023 How dangerous are candida infections? The Conversation, Fortune Well, 6 Apr. 2023 According to the Urology Care Foundation, a yeast infection is one of the most common medical annoyances that is caused by an overgrowth of the candida fungus. Ashley Martens, Men's Health, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candida was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Candida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candida. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

candida

noun
can·​di·​da ˈkan-dəd-ə How to pronounce candida (audio)
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
see thrush, yeast infection
candidal adjective
candidal infection
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