Medical Term:

coccidioidomycosis

Pronunciation: kok-sid′ē-oy′dō-mī-kō′sis

Definition: A variable, benign, severe, or sometimes fatal systemic mycosis due to inhalation of arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis. In benign forms of the infection, the lesions are limited to the upper respiratory tract, lungs, and near lymph nodes; in a low percentage of cases, the disease disseminates to other visceral organs, meninges, bones, joints, skin, and subcutaneous tissues.

Synonym(s): Posadas disease

[coccidioides + G. mykēs, fungus, + -osis, condition]

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