Part of speech: noun

A chemical decomposition of an organic compound, as of sugar in the production of alcohol.

Part of speech: noun

Commotion; excitement.

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Usage examples "fermentation":

  1. Treatment should be prompt, as in many cases fermentation of the contents of the stomach occurs and gases form rapidly. - "Common Diseases of Farm Animals", R. A. Craig, D. V. M..
  2. As an habitual drink, if sweet, it is apt to provoke acid fermentation with a gouty subject, and to develop rheumatism. - "Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure", William Thomas Fernie.
  3. At present there is a much greater quantity of sulphur and salts on the top of Vesuvius than on that of Etna; but this circumstance varies according to the degree of fermentation within; and our guide assured me, he had seen greater quantities on Etna at other times. - "Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Other Volcanos", William Hamilton.