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Cryptococcus

 [krip″to-kok´us]
a genus of yeastlike fungi. C. neofor´mans is a species of worldwide distribution that causes cryptococcosis in humans.

Cryptococcus

(krip'tō-kok'ŭs),
A genus of yeastlike fungi that reproduce by budding.
[crypto- + G. kokkos, berry]

Cryptococcus

/Cryp·to·coc·cus/ (-kok´us) a genus of yeastlike fungi, including C. neofor´mans, the cause of cryptococcosis in humans.cryptococ´cal

cryptococcus

(krĭp′tə-kŏk′əs)
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.

cryp′to·coc′cal adj.

Cryptococcus

[-kok′əs]
a genus of encapsulated yeasts that reproduce by budding rather than by producing spores. Many nonpathogenic species of Cryptococcus are commonly found in the soil and on the skin and mucous membranes of people who are well. Certain pathogenic species exist. C. neoformans is the most important. See also fungus, yeast.

Cryp·to·coc·cus

(krip'tō-kok'ŭs)
A genus of yeastlike fungi that reproduce by budding.
[crypto- + G. kokkos, berry]

Cryptococcus

a genus of yeastlike fungi.

Cryptococcus farciminosum
see histoplasmafarciminosum.
Cryptococcus neoformans
a species of worldwide distribution, causing cryptococcosis in all species including humans; there are two biovars, C. var neoformans, and C. var gattae. Called also Torula histolytica, Torulopsis neoformans.
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This time cryptococci were demonstrated on transbronchial biopsies.
Hence it can be concluded that early vigorous treatments can prevent cryptococcal meningitis caused by dissemination of cryptococci, and therefore can improve prognosis of pulmonary cryptococcosis.
Current susceptibility testing methods do not consider the unique in vitro growth conditions of cryptococci, and interpretation of results is difficult in the absence of clinical breakpoints.
Several reasons for this anomaly seem possible: some of these specimens could have contained cryptococci that required >48 hours to demonstrate growth; recent experience in the laboratory has shown that an additional 12% of cryptococcal isolates will be found only when cultures are incubated for 7 days.
2) In some laboratories, the India ink method is used as a rapid screening test on CSF specimens collected from AIDS patients, who often present with numerous cryptococci in the CSF.
gattii through such activities is likely to increase the risk of exposure and the dispersal of cryptococci through wind.