Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several single-celled yeasts belonging to the genus Saccharomyces that lack a true mycelium and many of which ferment sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many single-celled fungi of the genus Saccharomyces, that lack a true mycelium; especially the yeasts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of budding fungi, the various species of which have the power, to a greater or less extent, or splitting up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid. They are the active agents in producing fermentation of wine, beer, etc. Saccharomyces cerevisiæ is the yeast of sedimentary beer. Also called Torula.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of minute saprophytic fungi; the yeast-fungi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. single-celled yeasts that reproduce asexually by budding; used to ferment carbohydrates

Etymologies

New Latin Saccharomycēs, genus name : saccharo- + Greek mukēs, fungus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The eukaryotic micro organisms known as saccharomyces cerevisiae attack the fermentable sugars within moist grains, releasing carbon dioxide that inflates the dough thereby negating the mindfulness state previously embedded there.

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  • Probiotics include both yeastlike members of the saccharomyces group and teria, which usually come from two groups: Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.

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  • In a series of comparative experiments, 200 grammes of sugar-candy being used in each case, we found that whilst saccharomyces pastorianus effected a complete fermentation of the sugar, the caseous ferment did not decompose more than two-thirds, and the ferment we have designated NEW "HIGH" FERMENT not more than one-fifth: and keeping the flasks for a longer time in the oven had no effect in increasing the proportions of sugar fermented in these two last cases.

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  • In a series of comparative experiments, 200 grammes of sugar-candy being used in each case, we found that whilst saccharomyces pastorianus effected a complete fermentation of the sugar, the caseous ferment did not decompose more than two-thirds, and the ferment we have designated new “high” ferment not more than one-fifth: and keeping the flasks for a longer time in the oven had no effect in increasing the proportions of sugar fermented in these two last cases.

    VI. The Physiological Theory of Fermentation. Reply to the Critical Observations of Liebig, Published in 1870

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