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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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Molecular typing of IberoAmerican Cryptococcus neoformans isolates.
The compounds were evaluated against a panel of fungal pathogens Candida albicans (ATCC76615), Cryptococcus neoformans (ATCC32609), Trichophyton rubrum and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Of note, Cryptococcus neoformans is notorious as being a slowly growing organism.
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Role of birds of prey as carriers and spreaders of Cryptococcus neoformans and other zoonotic yeasts.
The study funded by the Wellcome Trust and the BBSRC, shows how the more virulent forms of Cryptococcus neoformans evolved and spread out of Africa and into Asia.
Consensus multi-locus sequence typing scheme for Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii.
Cryptococcus neoformans is the most common cause of adult meningitis in southern Africa, because of its association with HIV.
Cryptococcus gattii, formerly known as Cryptococcus neoformans var gattii, is being investigated because of its quick emergence, expanding ecological niche in the United States, and increased virulence.
Of the positive microbiological diagnoses, 83% cultures grew Cryptococcus neoformans and 17% pyogenic bacteria (BM), in contrast to 63% and 8%, respectively, in Cape Town.
Many researchers demonstrate that Cyclamen mirabile is used as an antifungal agent against Candida species and Cryptococcus neoformans [9].