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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the yeastlike imperfect fungi of the genus Candida that are normally present on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina, and that may become pathogenic, especially C. albicans, the causative agent of thrush.

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  • n. A yeast of the genus Candida, usually specifically Candida albicans

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any of the yeastlike imperfect fungi of the genus Candida.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the yeastlike imperfect fungi of the genus Candida

Etymologies

Latin, feminine of candidus, white; see candid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called candida, which is a normal resident of our skin and the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestines, and vagina.

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  • A fungus called candida disturbs the immune system of the body, due to which there is over production of histamine, giving rise to this condition.

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  • A problem called candida, or candida overgrowth, is a common fungal problem that develops after using antibiotics without replenishing your healthy bacteria with probiotics.

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  • I keep meaning to write something about yeast, aka candida albicans, because it's linked to fertility problems, I think largely because it's a signal of a weakened immune system.

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  • Almost never, but there is one condition, a fungal infection called candida albicans or thrush, which can occur, especially after anti-biotic treatment.

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  • The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology labels the candida connection "speculative and unproven."

    Chicago Reader

  • And secondarily because the maple syrup in it feeds a fungal problem that most people already have a problem with, called candida overgrowth.

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  • Yeasts are microscopic fungi and the commonest is a germ called candida albicans (formerly as monilia).

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  • In diabetics and immuno-compromised patients, fungi such as candida and viruses

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  • In addition, pre-operative antibiotics and antibiotic coating of the implanted device (the routinely used strategy for eliminating skin bacteria), is ineffective against fungi, such as candida albicans, which account for 10\% of post-operative infections.

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  • I wouldn't make rash assumptions like that---we do have a very diverse membership.

    December 3, 2007

  • Fungi can be perfect, though (in a certain biological sense); I assume no fungi have Wordie accounts, but I'm not really in a position to prove it.

    December 3, 2007

  • After all, none of us is perfect, are we VanishedOne?

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  • As far as I can gather from a quick Web search, an imperfect fungus is one whose reproduction we don't fully understand. It seems rather derogatory.

    December 2, 2007