fermentation

noun
fer·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce fermentation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of fermentation

1a : a chemical change with effervescence
b : 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

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Examples of fermentation in a Sentence

a wave of immigration followed by a period of social fermentation
Recent Examples on the Web One of Crowe’s most notable accomplishments was introducing and refining the sour mash fermentation technique, a method now commonly used in bourbon production. al, "Lessons in bourbon from Woodford Reserve assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall," 30 Dec. 2019 These supplemental ingredients aren’t necessarily sinister, just anonymous; they’ve been stripped down to standardized sugar nubs in order to provide cost-effective fuel for fermentation. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Pickling and fermentation were everywhere, seafood restaurants stepped up their game, and breweries and taprooms exploded. BostonGlobe.com, "The decade in dining - The Boston Globe," 29 Dec. 2019 In a nutshell, this means bottling the wine before primary fermentation is finished without adding any commercial yeasts or sugar. Michael Alberty, oregonlive, "6 Oregon sparkling wines to christen your next bubbles fest," 27 Dec. 2019 The sake offerings range from cutesy juice boxes to upscale, wood-aged fermentations. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hando helps usher in new era of Houston hand rolls," 17 Dec. 2019 The shift to bottles is because sours handle pressure resulting from subsequent fermentation, Benner said. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Phunkenship set to open as Platform Beer Co.’s sour facility-taproom (photos, video)," 23 Oct. 2019 In 1978, Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel emerged from fermentation far sweeter than Trinchero intended. Jonathan Kauffman, Los Angeles Times, "How Darrell Corti became a tastemaker in California food and wine," 9 Oct. 2019 The fermented product that K. lactis made must have been particularly delicious as it was used to start a new fermentation—a routine that has continued to the present day. John Morrissey, Quartz, "A chance encounter between a fruit fly and a pail of milk gave us cheese," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fermentation

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fermentation was in 1601

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4 Jan 2020

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“Fermentation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fermentation. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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fermentation

noun
fer·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce fermentation (audio) \

Kids Definition of fermentation

: 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

fermentation

noun
fer·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce fermentation (audio) \

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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