candidiasis

[kan-di-dahy-uh-sis]
noun, plural candidiases [kan-di-dahy-uh-seez] .
any of a variety of infections caused by fungi of the genus Candida, occurring most often in the mouth, respiratory tract (bronchocandidiasis) or vagina.
Compare thrush2.


Origin:
1945–50; < Neo-Latin Candid(a) genus name (see candida) + -iasis

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Main Entry:  candidiasis
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See yeast infection
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candidiasis can·di·di·a·sis (kān'dĭ-dī'ə-sĭs) or can·di·do·sis (-dō'sĭs)
n.
A fungous infection caused by a species of Candida, especially Candida albicans, that can involve various parts of the body, such as the skin and mucous membranes. Also called moniliasis.

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candidiasis

infectious disease produced by the yeastlike fungus Candida albicans and closely related species. A common inhabitant of the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract, Candida ordinarily causes no ill effects, except among infants and in persons debilitated by illness such as diabetes. There is evidence that prolonged treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as chloramphenicol and the tetracyclines, may predispose to the development of candidiasis, perhaps by killing off normal microbial antagonists to the fungus.

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Candidiasis is a yeast infection that causes a whitish overgrowth in the mouth.
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