Definition of cryptosporidium in English:


Line breaks: crypto|spor¦id¦ium
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɪptə(ʊ)spɒˈrɪdɪəm

noun (plural cryptosporidia)

A parasitic coccidian protozoan found in the intestinal tract of many vertebrates, where it sometimes causes disease.
  • Genus Cryptosporidium, phylum Sporozoa
More example sentences
  • He died from cryptosporidiosis in 1997 several years after he had been infected with the parasite cryptosporidium.
  • Around 140,000 people in Glasgow were last night advised to boil all tap water in their homes for drinking, food, brushing teeth and bathing babies after the parasite cryptosporidium was found in supplies.
  • Chlorine is added during water treatment to kill bacteria, although some bugs such as cryptosporidium are extremely resistant to it.


early 20th century: from crypto- 'concealed' + modern Latin sporidium 'small spore'.

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