a sporozoan (Cryptosporidium parvum, family Cryptosporidiidae) that causes cryptosporidiosis
Origin of cryptosporidiumModern Latin ; from crypto- + spora (see spore) + -idium, diminutive suffix ; from Classical Greek -idion
A protozoan of the genus Cryptosporidium that is an intestinal parasite in humans and other vertebrates and sometimes causes diarrhea that is especially severe in immunocompromised people.
Origin of cryptosporidiumNew Latin Cryptosporidium, genus name : crypt(o)– + spor(o)– + Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).