- Noun: epidemic `epi'demik
- A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
- (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously
"an epidemic outbreak of influenza"
Derived forms: epidemics
Sudden increase in the incidence of a disease. The concept includes epidemics. also ep·i·dem·i·cal adj
1 : affecting or tending to affect an atypically large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time typhoid was epidemic —compare ENDEMIC, SPORADIC
2 : of, relating to, or constituting an epidemic coronary disease … has hit epidemic proportions —Herbert Ratner — ep·i·dem·i·cal·ly adv
1 : an outbreak of epidemic disease
2 : a natural population (as of insects) suddenly and greatly enlarged
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- the corruption had become epidemic.
- it triggered a new epidemic of strikes.
- that kind of epidemic disease has long been stamped out.
- cholesterol is a major villain in this epidemic.
- a great epidemic burst forth.