Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Cryptococcus: cryptococcosis, Cryptococcus gattii


a genus of yeastlike fungi. C. neofor´mans is a species of worldwide distribution that causes cryptococcosis in humans.


A genus of yeastlike fungi that reproduce by budding.
[crypto- + G. kokkos, berry]


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.


A genus of yeastlike fungi that reproduce by budding.
[crypto- + G. kokkos, berry]
References in periodicals archive ?
Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of clinically and environmentally isolated Cryptococcus neoformans in Nagasaki.
In PCC, serology should not demonstrate Cryptococcus antigen, as the disease is localized to the skin.
The data herein suggest that the adrenal glands were infected with Cryptococcus. As the enlargement was detected 5 months before admission, it is possible that the adrenal infection with Cryptococcus was present at that time.
A criptococose cutanea generalizada em pacientes soropositivos manifesta-se atraves de lesoes multiplas, predominando como agente etiologico o Cryptococcus neoformans var.
To confront that challenge, Greene reported that public health workers in Africa are working to integrate cryptococcus testing into other health services.
Several fungal species are commonly detected in bird faeces, especially yeasts of the genera Cryptococcus Vuill, Candida Berkh, Trichosporon Behrend and Rhodotorula Harrison (1927), in addition to filamentous fungi belonging to the genera Aspergillus Michelli, and Penicillium spp (Elhariri et al., 2015; Mendes et al., 2014; Santos et al., 2009; Fraga et al., 2011).
It follows two cases of cryptococcus - a rare fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings - at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow earlier this year, which claimed the lives of a 10-year-old boy and a 73-year-old woman.
Cryptococcosis is reportedly an infectious disease of the lungs or central nervous system (the brain or spinal cord) caused by the fungus cryptococcus (either Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii), which is typically found in the environment and inhaled.
The NHS said George had a pre-existing chest infection not linked to recent cryptococcus cases at the hospital.
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman earlier confirmed the Cryptococcus infection was a contributory factor to the boy's death as she ordered a review of the design, build, handover and maintenance at the hospital.