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Definition of Candida albicans

Candida albicans: A yeast-like fungal organism found in small amounts in the normal human intestinal tract. Normally kept in check by the body's own helpful bacteria, C. albicans can increase in numbers when this balance is disturbed to cause candidiasis of the intestinal tract, or yeast infections of other parts of the body. C. albicans causes thrush. Also called Monilia albicans.

See also Candidiasis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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