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Fermentation

Fermentation is the anaerobic oxidation of compounds by the enzyme action of microorganisms; neither gaseous oxygen nor a respiratory chain is involved in this energy-yielding process. An organic compound is the electron acceptor.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Fermentation
- The process of undergoing an effervescent change, as by the action of yeast; in a wider sense (Physiol. Chem.), the transformation of an organic substance into new compounds by the action of a ferment, either formed or unorganized. It differs in kind according to the nature of the ferment which causes it.
- A state of agitation or excitement, as of the intellect or the feelings.
Category: Microbiology
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