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ferment

 [fer´ment]
1. to undergo fermentation.
2. any substance that causes fermentation.

fer·ment

(fĕr-ment'),
1. To cause or to undergo fermentation.
2. An agent that causes fermentation.
[L. fermentum, leaven]

ferment

/fer·ment/ (fer-ment´) to undergo fermentation; used for the decomposition of carbohydrates.

ferment

(fûr′mĕnt′)
n.
a. An agent, such as an enzyme, bacterium, or fungus, that brings about fermentation.
b. Fermentation.
v. (fər-mĕnt′) fer·mented, fer·menting, fer·ments
v.intr.
1. To undergo fermentation: cabbage that has fermented.
2. To develop in a turbulent or agitated way; seethe: an idea that was fermenting in his mind for months.
v.tr.
1. To cause to undergo fermentation: Yeasts ferment sugars.
2. To produce by or as if by fermentation: ferment the wine in oak barrels; hostility that was fermented by envy.
3. To make turbulent; excite or agitate: a fiery speech that fermented the crowd.

fer·ment′a·bil′i·ty n.
fer·ment′a·ble adj.

fer·ment

(fĕr-ment')
To cause or to undergo fermentation.
[L. fermentum, leaven]

ferment

1. to undergo fermentation.
2. any substance that causes fermentation.