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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.


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


1. caused by or causing fermentation.
2. causing or referring to infectious diseases.
See also: Fermentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.zymotic - of or relating to or causing fermentation
2.zymotic - relating to or caused by infection
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