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A genus of unicellular, yeastlike fungi which includes the pathogenic species Cryptococcus neoformans; (also cryptococcus) a fungus of this genus, especially C. neoformans.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Records of General Science. From scientific Latin Cryptococcus, genus name from classical Latin crypto- + scientific Latin coccus.
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