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



zymotic (not comparable)

  1. (pathology, now historical) Infectious, contagious, of diseases originally regarded as being caused by a process similar to fermentation.
    • 1901 August 16, H. Watkins-Pitchford, “Horsesickness”, in The Agricultural Journal and Mining Record[1], volume 4, number 12, page 354:
      The incidence of zymotic diseases upon any particular organ or set of organs, is, of course, well recognised; one recalls the nephritis of scarlatina, the endocarditis of rheumatism, gastritis of rabies, and—perhaps the most striking instance of the selective affinity of disease for specific local manifestation—the lesions of foot-and-mouth disease.
    • 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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