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Candidosis

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Definition

noun

(pathology) A disease caused by the presence of the Candida species, which is an opportunistic fungal pathogen.


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Candida species may infect different parts of the human body, such as vagina, vulva, and other moist skin areas of the body. The most common Candida species to cause candidosis is the C. albicans. Although these organisms cause local infection they may (rarely) cause systemic infection (i.e. endocarditis).


Word origin: candid- (Candida) + -osis (state or condition)

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