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yeast

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noun \ˈyēst\

Medical Definition of yeast

  1. 1:  a unicellular chiefly ascomycetous fungus (as of the family Saccharomycetaceae) that has usually little or no mycelium, that typically reproduces asexually by budding, and that includes forms (as Saccharomyces cerevisiae) which cause alcoholic fermentation and are used especially in the making of alcoholic beverages and leavened bread

  2. 2:  a yellowish surface froth or sediment that occurs especially in sugary fermenting liquids (as fruit juices) and consists chiefly of yeast cells and carbon dioxide

  3. 3:  a commercial product containing yeast cells in a moist or dry medium

  4. yeast·like \-ˌlīk\play adjective





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