fermentation

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noun fer·men·ta·tion \ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of fermentation

  1. 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. 2 :  ferment 2

Examples of fermentation in a Sentence

  1. a wave of immigration followed by a period of social fermentation

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First Known Use of fermentation

1601


FERMENTATION Defined for Kids

fermentation

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noun fer·men·ta·tion \ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of fermentation for Students

  1. :  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 Dictionary

fermentation

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noun fer·men·ta·tion \ˌfər-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Medical Definition of fermentation

  1. 1:  a chemical change with effervescence

  2. 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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