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zymosis

[zī′mō·səs]
(microbiology)
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On the one hand it was denounced as an epicurean and obnoxious toy from England, designed to corrupt the democratic simplicity of the Republic, and on the other hand it was attacked by the medical faculty as dangerous to health and a certain inviter of "phthisic, rheumatic fevers, inflammation of the lungs, and the whole category of zymotic diseases.
The first narrative is based on a zymotic model of infectious disease that stresses the relation between environment and individual organism.
With the development of cities, KARLEN notes, zymotic diseases became the main killer for humans in the form of smallpox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, syphilis and bubonic plague, all aided and abbetted by an even poorer diet.