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saccharomyces

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noun sac·cha·ro·my·ces \-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz\

Definition of saccharomyces

  1. :  any of a genus (Saccharomyces of the family Saccharomycetaceae) of usually unicellular yeasts (as a brewer's yeast) that are distinguished by their sparse or absent mycelium and by their facility in reproducing asexually by budding



Origin of saccharomyces

New Latin, from sacchar- + -myces fungus, from Greek mykēs — more at myc-


First Known Use: 1873


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saccharomyces

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noun sac·cha·ro·my·ces \ˌsak-ə-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz\

Medical Definition of saccharomyces

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of unicellular yeasts (as a brewer's yeast) of the family Saccharomycetaceae that are distinguished by their sparse or absent mycelium and by their facility in reproducing asexually by budding

  2. 2plural saccharomyces :  any yeast of the genus Saccharomyces




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