Etymology
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fermentation (n.)

late 14c., in alchemy, with a broad sense; modern scientific sense is from c. 1600; from Late Latin fermentationem (nominative fermentatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin fermentare "to ferment" (see ferment (v.)). Figurative use attested from 1650s.

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Definitions of fermentation

fermentation (n.)
a state of agitation or turbulent change or development;
Synonyms: agitation / ferment / tempestuousness / unrest
fermentation (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;
Synonyms: zymosis / zymolysis / fermenting / ferment
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