a combining form meaning “ferment,” “leaven,” used in the formation of compound words: zymology.
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Also especially before a vowel, zym-.
Origin of zymo-
combining form representing Greek zȳ́mē leaven
Words nearby zymo-
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British Dictionary definitions for zymo-
before a vowel zym-
Word Origin for zymo-
from Greek zumē leaven
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Medical definitions for zymo-
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