cryptococcus

noun
cryp·​to·​coc·​cus | \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce cryptococcus (audio) \
plural cryptococci\ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈkäk-​ˌsī How to pronounce cryptococci (audio) , -​ˌsē , -​ˈkä-​ˌkī , -​ˌkē \

Definition of cryptococcus

: any of a genus (Cryptococcus) of budding imperfect fungi that resemble yeasts and include a number of saprophytes and a few serious pathogens

Other Words from cryptococcus

cryptococcal \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce cryptococcal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of cryptococcus

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptococcus

borrowed from New Latin, from crypto- crypto- + -coccus -coccus

Note: Taxon introduced by the German pharmacist and phycologist Friedrich Traugott Kützing (1807-93) in "Beitrag zur Kenntnis über die Entstehung und Metamorphose der niedern vegetabilischen Organismen," Linnaea, vol. 8 (1833), p. 339. Kützing appears to have so named what he characterized as "farblose Schleimkügelchen" ("colorless balls of slime") because of his difficulty in seeing them. As a valid description of a taxon Kützing's work has given way to an account by the French mycologist Jean Paul Vuillemin in "Les blastomycètes pathogènes," Revue générales des sciences pures et appliquées, vol. 12 (1901), pp. 732-51.

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“Cryptococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptococcus. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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cryptococcus

noun
cryp·​to·​coc·​cus | \ -ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce cryptococcus (audio) \

Medical Definition of cryptococcus

1 capitalized : a genus of budding imperfect fungi that resemble yeasts and include a number of saprophytes and a few serious pathogens
2 plural cryptococci\ -​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī, -​(ˌ)(s)ē How to pronounce cryptococci (audio) \ : any fungus of the genus Cryptococcus

Other Words from cryptococcus

cryptococcal \ -​ˈkäk-​əl How to pronounce cryptococcal (audio) \ adjective

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