sac·​cha·​ro·​my·​ces | \ˌsa-kə-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz \

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

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Five years ago, scientists at a Swiss company called Evolva added genes to Saccharomyces cerevisiae so that the yeasty beasties ferment sugar into the compound that makes vanilla taste vanillish. David Ferry, WIRED, "Biochemists Are Turning Genetically Modified Yeast Into Perfume and Opioids," 31 Dec. 2014

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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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sac·​cha·​ro·​my·​ces | \ˌsak-ə-rō-ˈmī-(ˌ)sēz \

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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