Oral candidosis

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An infection caused by the Candida species in the oral cavity or mouth.


Candida species infect the mucous membranes of the mouth especially the immunocompromised individuals, diabetics, infants, and smokers.

Note: Although some references consider candidosis as the more correct technical name for this condition other references use the term candidiasis synonymously with candidosis.

Word origin: Monilia (a genus) + -iasis (state or condition caused by the presence of an infectious agent) Synonyms: