This carboy is used in the fermentation of beer.
- When grapes are crushed or transferred into a press, cultured yeast is added, and the sugars in the grapes start to convert into alcohol, this is an example of fermentation.
- New Orleans during Mardi Gras is an example of a location that would be described as in a state of fermentation.
Fermentation is defined as a process involving yeasts or other microorganisms breaking down a substance, or a state of excitement.
- the breakdown of complex molecules in organic compounds, caused by the influence of a ferment: bacteria cause milk to curdle by fermentation
- excitement; agitation
Origin of fermentationMiddle English fermentacioun from Late Latin fermentatio: see ferment
- Any of a group of chemical reactions induced by microorganisms or enzymes that split complex organic compounds into relatively simple substances, especially the anaerobic conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast.
- Unrest; agitation.
enzymology the branch of biochemistry that studies enzym es. Also called zymology. —enzymologist, n. zymetology zymology. zymogenesis the process in which a zymogen becomes an enzyme, as in the fermentation process. —zymogenic, zymogenous, adj. zymology the branch of biochemistry that studies fermentation. Also called zymetology. zymolysis 1. the fermentative action of enzymes. 2. fermentation and its resulting changes. —zymolytic, adj. zymometer a device for determining degrees of fermentation. zymosis fermentation. See also disease and illness. —zymotic adj. zymotechnics the application of the principles of fermentation. Also zymotechny. —zymotechnic, adj. zymotic 1. caused by or causing fermentation. 2. causing or referring to infectious diseases. zymurgy a branch of applied chemistry that studies fermentation processes, as in brewing.
- (biochemistry) Any of many anaerobic biochemical reactions in which an enzyme (several enzymes produced by a microorganism) catalyses the conversion of one substance into another; especially the conversion (using yeast) of sugars to alcohol or acetic acid with the evolution of carbon dioxide
- A state of agitation or excitement; a ferment.