Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fermentation.
  • n. Medicine The process of infection.
  • n. Medicine An infectious disease, especially one caused by a fungus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fermentation; hence, an analogous process by which an infectious disease is believed to be developed.
  • n. A zymotic disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fermentation; hence, an analogous process by which an infectious disease is believed to be developed.
  • n. A zymotic disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fermentation of any kind. Also zymolysis.
  • n. An infectious or contagious disease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (medicine) the development and spread of an infectious disease (especially one caused by a fungus)
  • n. a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek zūmōsis, from zūmoun, to leaven, from zūmē, leaven.

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