cryptosporidium

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noun cryp·to·spo·rid·i·um \ˌkrip-tō-spȯr-ˈi-dē-əm\

Definition of cryptosporidium

plural

cryptosporidia

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  1. :  any of a genus (Cryptosporidium of the order Coccidia) of protozoans parasitic in the gut of vertebrates including humans and sometimes causing diarrhea

Origin and Etymology of cryptosporidium

New Latin, from crypt- + spora spore + -idium


First Known Use: 1982


Medical Dictionary

cryptosporidium

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noun cryp·to·spo·rid·i·um \ˌkrip-tō-spȯr-ˈid-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of cryptosporidium

  1. 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. 2plural cryptosporidia \-ē-ə\play :  any protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium


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