Definition of cryptosporidium
: any of a genus (Cryptosporidium of the order Coccidia) of protozoans parasitic in the gut of vertebrates including humans and sometimes causing diarrhea
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The Portland Water Bureau will have to spend upward of $90 million to construct a water treatment plant the state previously excused the city from building after finding excessive levels of the cryptosporidium parasite between January and March.
The infections occur when swimmers ingest water contaminated by diarrhea from a person infected by cryptosporidium, a parasite that is notoriously difficult to kill.
The CDC also warned people to be aware of pool water that might be contaminated with a parasite called cryptosporidium that can give you diarrhea for as long as three weeks.
Outbreaks of cryptosporidium doubled between 2014 and 2016, and three outbreaks from last summer demonstrate the problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Water systems must test for and treat harmful waterborne pathogens such as giardia and cryptosporidium parasites that can cause intestinal distress.
Lab results showed dogs that visit dog parks were more likely to test positive for two common parasites (giardia and cryptosporidium) than non-dog park-attending dogs.
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Origin and Etymology of cryptosporidium
New Latin, from crypt- + spora spore + -idium
First Known Use: 1910See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of cryptosporidium
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)
2plural cryptosporidia \-ē-ə\play : any protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium
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