A genus of unicellular, yeastlike fungi which includes the pathogenic species Cryptococcus neoformans; (also cryptococcus) a fungus of this genus, especially C. neoformans.
Valid publication of the genus name: P. Vuillemin 1901, in Rev. gén. des sci. 12 735).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Records of General Science. From scientific Latin Cryptococcus, genus name from classical Latin crypto- + scientific Latin coccus.