yeast infection


: infection of the vagina with an overgrowth of a normally present candidal fungus (Candida albicans) that is characterized by a discharge and inflammation
broadly : an infection (such as thrush) caused by a yeast fungus or a yeast-like fungus

Examples of yeast infection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both are common during pregnancy and offer up either grayish-white (BV) or yellowish-white (yeast infection) discharge. Holly Pevzner, Parents, 12 Sep. 2023 The most common cause of yeast infections is a fungus called Candida albicans. Amanda Gardner, Health, 25 Sep. 2023 Yes, people with penises can get a yeast infection down there—called a penile yeast infection or penile thrush—just as people with vaginas can get a yeast infection. Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 13 Apr. 2022 In other cases, however, spotting during pregnancy can indicate something else, such as a yeast infection or a miscarriage. Holly Pevzner, Parents, 12 Sep. 2023 What is the fastest way to get rid of a vaginal yeast infection? Home remedies for yeast infections Home remedies to avoid Can a yeast infection go away on its own? Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 9 Apr. 2023 If not properly treated, yeast infections can worsen. Elizabeth Pratt, Health, 21 Aug. 2023 This is what makes yeast infections pretty darn regular during pregnancy, explains Dr. Dweck. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yeast infection was in 1966

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“Yeast infection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

yeast infection

: an infection of the vagina with an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus of the genus Candida (C. albicans) normally present in the vaginal flora and characterized by vaginal discharge and vulvovaginitis
broadly : an infection (as thrush or tinea versicolor) caused by a yeast or yeastlike fungus

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