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

  • n. Any of various yeastlike fungi of the genus Cryptococcus, commonly occurring in the soil and including certain pathogenic species, such as the causative agent of cryptococcosis.

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  • n. Any soil fungus of the genus Cryptococcus, many of which are pathogenic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Saccharomyces.


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  • For example, a fungus called cryptococcus gattii has been implicated in the deaths of dozens of harbor porpoises in the Northwest, he said.

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  • The new strain of the airborne fungus - which is called cryptococcus gattii - appears to be unusually deadly, scientists say. | Top Stories

  • At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees. - Local News

  • There are three kinds of fungi in the U.S. that cause pneumonia: coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis, and cryptococcus.

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  • [2] Categorise into yeast (eg. cryptococcus), yeast-like form (eg. candida), mold (eg. trichophyton), and dimorphic (eg. blastomyces, histoplasma, paracoccidioides).

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  • Nobody can say whether the seven deaths of orcas this year were connected to cryptococcus or any other organism, because none of the carcasses were found.

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  • A genus of yeastlike fungi.

    March 3, 2007