fermentation meaning

[ ˌfə:men'teiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "fermentation" in a sentence
  • Noun: fermentation  `furmen'teyshun
    1. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development
      - agitation, ferment, tempestuousness, unrest 
    2. A process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
      - zymosis, zymolysis, fermenting, ferment

    Derived forms: fermentations

    See also: ferment, fermentable

    Type of: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval

    Encyclopedia: Fermentation

  • [Medicine]
    An enzyme-induced chemical change in organic compounds that takes place in the absence of oxygen. The change usually results in the production of ETHANOL or LACTIC ACID,and the production of energy. n
    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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  1. alcohol may be made by fermentation of many plants.
  2. sparkling wine undergo a second alcoholic fermentation.
  3. after filtration, the hopped wort is ready for fermentation.
  4. pasteur's work showed that fermentations are "vital processes".
  5. he proclaimed that fermentation was the result of the action of minute organisms.

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