One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A serious fungal disease of the lungs and other tissues, endemic in the warmer, arid regions of America.
The fungus is Coccidioides immitis, subdivision Deuteromycotina
- ‘The most common cause of benign calcified pulmonary lesions is the granulomatous reaction to infectious or foreign agents, such as tuberculosis, coccidioidomycosis, and silicosis.’
- ‘If initial antibody testing is negative, but clinical suspicion of coccidioidomycosis is high, repeat testing is indicated because it may take a month or more to develop measurable antibody titers.’
- ‘For example, a patient with HIV who lives in the southwest United States is more susceptible to coccidioidomycosis.’
- ‘Persons with coccidioidomycosis may present with cough, fever, and night sweats.’
- ‘Although a histoplasmin test is a good screening test, it often cross-reacts in patients with coccidioidomycosis.’
1930s: from modern Latin Coccidioides (part of the binomial of the fungus) + mycosis.
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