from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium that is an intestinal parasite in humans and other vertebrates and sometimes causes diarrhea that is especially severe in immunocompromised individuals.
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- n. A protozoan, of the genus Cryptosporidium, that is an intestinal parasite of humans and other vertebrates; can cause diarrhea and other symptoms in cases of low immunity.
New Latin Cryptosporidium, genus name : crypt(o)- + spor(o)- + Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)