Definition of fermentation
1a : a chemical change with effervescenceb : an enzymatically controlled anaerobic breakdown of an energy-rich compound (such as a carbohydrate to carbon dioxide and alcohol or to an organic acid); broadly : an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound
2 : ferment 2
Examples of fermentation in a Sentence
a wave of immigration followed by a period of social fermentation
Recent Examples of fermentation from the Web
Semmelweis didn't know anything about germs; Louis Pasteur and his famous fermentation experiments wouldn't come along for another decade.
After the grapes complete fermentation, the wine is fortified with distilled grape spirits, and organic cocoa nibs are steeped in it to give a hint of natural chocolate flavor.
Inside the historical building on Water St., remnants of the brewery's past — low doorways, a spiral staircase, garage doors not big enough for fermentation tanks to get through — mix with the shiny, whirring machines of a successful modern brewery.
A little slower pace for our customers who like to chat a bit about the science behind fermentation.
Back in the brightening open kitchen strewn with jars of mysterious twigs and powders, Piattoni pops the tops on a few multi-gallon buckets that contain his fermentation experiments.
Biodigester fermentation tanks turn the waste into biogas, a form of clean solar energy that can power generators, refrigerators, air conditioners, cooking, and more.
Too much time in a salty brine and that slaw is a kissing cousin to sauerkraut - without the benefit of a slow, controlled fermentation.
Some politicians are irritated that the Rochester brewery, which receives state economic development funding, bought beer fermentation tanks from China that could have been produced in New York.
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Definition of fermentation for Students
: a chemical breaking down of a substance (as sugar) that is controlled by an enzyme, usually does not require oxygen, and typically results in the production of alcohol and carbon dioxide
Medical Definition of fermentation
1: a chemical change with effervescence
2: an enzymatically controlled anaerobic breakdown of an energy-rich compound (as a carbohydrate to carbon dioxide and alcohol or to an organic acid); broadly : an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound
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