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Pronunciation: sak'a-ro-mi'sez

Definition: A genus of budding yeasts (family Saccharomycetaceae); an ascomycete. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is used to produce brewer's yeast and ethanol. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a very rare pathogen in humans.

[saccharo- + G. mykes, fungus]

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