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Pronunciation: kan′did-ă

Definition: A genus of yeastlike fungi, formerly called Monilia, commonly found in nature; a few species are isolated from the skin, feces, and vaginal and pharyngeal tissue, but the gastrointestinal tract is the source of the single most important species, Candida albicans. Formerly called Monilia.

[L. candidus, dazzling white]

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