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Noun: fermentation  ,fur-mun'tey-shun or ,fur,men'tey-shun
  1. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development
    "the political fermentation produced new leadership";
    - agitation, ferment, tempestuousness, unrest
     
  2. A process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
    - zymosis, zymolysis, fermenting, ferment

Derived forms: fermentations

Type of: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval

Encyclopedia: Fermentation