cryptococcus

noun cryp·to·coc·cus \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈkä-kəs \

Definition of cryptococcus

plural cryptococci play \ˌkrip-tə-ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē, -ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē\
: any of a genus (Cryptococcus) of budding imperfect fungi that resemble yeasts and include a number of saprophytes and a few serious pathogens

cryptococcal

play \ˌkrip-tə-ˈkä-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of 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.


Medical Dictionary

cryptococcus

noun cryp·to·coc·cus \ -ˈkäk-əs \

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 play \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -(ˌ)(s)ē\ : any fungus of the genus Cryptococcus

cryptococcal

play \-ˈkäk-əl\ adjective

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