• IPA: /ˌfɜː(ɹ)mənˈteɪʃən/, /ˌfɜː(ɹ)mɛnˈteɪʃən/


  1. (biochemistry) Any of many anaerobic biochemical reactions in which an enzyme (or 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
  2. A state of agitation or excitement; a ferment.
    • It puts the soul to fermentation and activity.
    • a universal fermentation of human thought and faith
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