[ fer-men-tuh-tiv ]
/ fərˈmɛn tə tɪv /


tending to produce or undergo fermentation.
pertaining to or of the nature of fermentation.

Nearby words

  1. fermata,
  2. ferment,
  3. fermentation,
  4. fermentation alcohol,
  5. fermentation lock,
  6. fermi,
  7. fermi energy,
  8. fermi, enrico,
  9. fermi-dirac statistics,
  10. fermion

Origin of fermentative

1655–65; obsolete fermentate to cause to ferment (< Latin fermentātus; see ferment, -ate1) + -ive

Related formsfer·ment·a·tive·ly, adverbfer·ment·a·tive·ness, nounnon·fer·men·ta·tive, adjectiveun·fer·ment·a·tive, adjective

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Medicine definitions for fermentative


[ fər-mĕntə-tĭv ]


Causing or having the ability to cause fermentation.
Relating to or of the nature of fermentation.

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