medical Definition of coccidioides
- Valley fever is acquired by breathing Coccidioides spores that are present in the air when soil and dust are disturbed.
- —Jill Jin, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 11 Dec. 2013
- In many parts of the Valley, digging releases coccidioides, a fungus that lives in the arid soil of the American southwest (and semi-arid Valley soil). The fungus causes valley fever.
- —Michael Fitzgerald, The Record (Stockton, California), 10 July 2013