saccharomyces

noun
sac·​cha·​ro·​my·​ces | \ ˌsa-kə-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce saccharomyces (audio) \

Definition of saccharomyces

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

First Known Use of saccharomyces

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saccharomyces

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

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“Saccharomyces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saccharomyces. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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saccharomyces

noun
sac·​cha·​ro·​my·​ces | \ ˌsak-ə-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce saccharomyces (audio) \

Medical Definition of saccharomyces

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 plural saccharomyces : any yeast of the genus Saccharomyces

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