Candida definition

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Any of various fungi of the genus Candida that are found especially on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina and that may become pathogenic, such as C. albicans, the causative agent of thrush.
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Any of the yeastlike deuteromycete fungi of the genus Candida that are normally present on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Certain species may become pathogenic, especially C. albicans, which causes thrush and other infections.
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(medicine, informal) A yeast of the genus Candida, usually specifically Candida albicans.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Candidaceae — several yeasts, some of which cause fungal infections such as thrush.
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Any of various fungi of the genus Candida that are found especially on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina and that may become pathogenic, such as C. albicans, the causative agent of thrush.
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Origin of candida

  • Latin feminine of candidus white candid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin candida (“white”)

    From Wiktionary