zymotic

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From Ancient Greek ζυμωτικός (zumōtikós, causing fermentation), from ζυμοῦν (zumoûn).

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zymotic (not comparable)

  1. (pathology, now historical) Infectious, contagious, of diseases originally regarded as being caused by a process similar to fermentation.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 394:
      Farr concluded that overcrowding was the main determinant of high mortality from what (following Liebig) he style ‘zymotic diseases’.
  2. Of or causing fermentation.

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