epidemic meaning

[ ˌepi'demik ] Pronunciation:   "epidemic" in a sentence
  • Noun: epidemic  `epi'demik
    1. A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
    Adjective: epidemic  `epi'demik
    1. (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

    See also: epiphytotic, epizootic, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguey

    Type of: eruption, irruption, outbreak

    Antonym: ecdemic, endemic

    Encyclopedia: Epidemic

  • [Medicine]
    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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  1. the corruption had become epidemic.
  2. it triggered a new epidemic of strikes.
  3. that kind of epidemic disease has long been stamped out.
  4. cholesterol is a major villain in this epidemic.
  5. a great epidemic burst forth.

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