the branch of applied chemistry dealing with fermentation, as in winemaking, brewing, the preparation of yeast, etc.

1865–70; zym- + -urgy

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zymurgy (ˈzaɪmɜːdʒɪ)
the branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation processes in brewing, etc

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branch of chemistry which deals with wine-making and brewing, 1868, from Gk. zymo-, comb. form of zyme "a leaven" (from PIE base *yus-; see juice) + -ourgia "a working," from ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). The last word in many standard English dictionaries;
but in the OED [2nd ed.] the last word is zyxt, an obsolete Kentish form of the second person singular of see (v.).
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