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fermentation

fer·men·ta·tion

fermentation

 
pronunciation:
fuhr men teI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the chemical act or process, caused by a fermenting agent, of converting a carbohydrate into alcohol, acids, and other compounds, as yeast converts the sugar in grape juice into alcohol, producing wine.
definition 2: excitement, agitation, or upset; ferment.
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