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n. pl. zy·mo·ses (-sēz) Archaic
1. Fermentation.
2. Medicine An infectious disease or disease process having similarities to fermentation.

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

zy·mot′ic (-mŏt′ĭk) adj.
zy·mot′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Biochemistry) biochem of, relating to, or causing fermentation
2. (Pathology) pathol relating to or caused by infection
3. (Pathology) pathol denoting or relating to an infectious disease
zyˈmotically adv
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1. caused by or causing fermentation.
2. causing or referring to infectious diseases.
See also: Fermentation
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.zymotic - of or relating to or causing fermentation
2.zymotic - relating to or caused by infection
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