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Candidiasis

Synonym(s)

  • Candida infection
  • candidosis

Definition(s)

Infection with a fungus of the genus Candida. It is usually a superficial infection of the moist areas of the body and is generally caused by Candida albicans.

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A condition in which Candida albicans, a type of yeast, grows out of control in moist skin areas of the body. It is usually a result of a weakened immune system, but can be a side effect of chemotherapy or treatment with antibiotics. Thrush usually affects the mouth (oral thrush); however, rarely, it spreads throughout the entire body.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: July 28, 2014