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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.


(Biology) any fungus of the genus Cryptococcus, some of which cause disease in animals and humans


(ˌkrɪp təˈkɒk əs)

n., pl. -coc•ci (-ˈkɒk saɪ, -si)
any yeastlike fungus of the genus Cryptococcus.
[1833; < New Latin; see crypto-, -coccus]
cryp`to•coc′cal, adj.


n criptococo
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These antigens are also used to subclassify cryptococci into serotypes.
26) Chickens experimentally infected with a cryptococci isolated from pheasant developed lesions that consisted of granulomas and necrosis in lungs, intestines, liver, and spleen.
Clearance of cryptococci from CSF is very slow with fluconazole, (4) a fungistatic agent, and the use of fluconazole as initial therapy might have promoted drug resistance development owing to ongoing high fungal burdens and drug exposure over prolonged periods.
Transbronchial biopsy showed lung parenchyma diffusely infiltrated by cryptococci (Fig.
12) Recent work in Cape Town, using serial quantitative cultures to measure the rate of clearance of cryptococcal colony-forming units from the CSF (also called early fungicidal activity or EFA), has further demonstrated that the clearance of cryptococci from the CSF over the first 2 weeks is significantly faster with amphotericin (given for 1 week at a dosage of 1 mg/kg/d) than fluconazole (400 mg/d), fluconazole being almost fungistatic over this time period (Fig.