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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.
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(Biology) any fungus of the genus Cryptococcus, some of which cause disease in animals and humans
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(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.
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n criptococo
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Yeast, Candida spp., Aspergillus, Microsporum, Cryptococci.
(1-3) Based on specific polysaccharide capsule antigen analysis, subtyping data, and comparisons of the genomic sequences, pathogenic cryptococci have been divided into five capsular serotypes: serotype A (C.
India ink preparation showed cryptococci with capsules (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
These antigens are also used to subclassify cryptococci into serotypes.
Three of the 4 female patients died; female sex (relative risk [RR] 5.3, 95% CI 1.6-17.3; p = 0.03) and having cryptococci isolated from blood (RR 5.3, 95% CI 1.6-17.3; p = 0.03) were significantly associated with increased risk for death.
The overall findings indicate that a Th1 dominant cellto-cell interaction triggered by the macrophage recognition is one of the most important defense mechanisms against cryptococci. Our previous investigation revealed that inhaled C.
gattii to species status as cryptococcus gattii.3 The CNS was the second most common site of infection for cryptococcosis after the lungs, but was the most common site of disease manifestation because of the strong neurotropic endency of cryptococci.4 Cryptococcosis initial infection was thought to be acquired by inhalation of an encapsulated yeast like fungus, cryptococcus neoformans, and after exposition to environmental sources.5 Which is a ubiquitous microorganism found in mammal and bird feces, particularly pigeon droppings.
(26) Chickens experimentally infected with a cryptococci isolated from pheasant developed lesions that consisted of granulomas and necrosis in lungs, intestines, liver, and spleen.