Zymotic disease

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Zymotic diseases (for the Greek language term zumoun for "ferment"), an obsolete term in medicine, formerly applied to the class of acute infectious maladies,[1] presumed to be due to some virus or organism which acts in the system like a ferment. Note: This term was obsolete even in 1911, the date of the original version of the text below:[2]

Zyme or microzyme was the name of a germ presumed to be the cause of zymotic diseases.

This term was used extensively in the English Bills of Mortality as a cause of death from 1842, and ceased to be used in the early 1900s. Robert Newstead used this term in a 1908 publication in the Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, to describe the contribution of house flies (Musca domestica) towards the spread of infectious diseases.

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