Newspaper headlines report a flu epidemic.
An example of an epidemic is the AIDs virus during the 1980's.
Origin of epidemicFrench épidémique from Middle French from Medieval Latin epidemicus from epidemia from Classical Greek epid?mia from epid?mios, among the people, general from epi-, epi- + d?mos, people: see democracy
- an epidemic disease
- the rapid spreading of such a disease
- a rapid, widespread occurrence or growth
- Spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or a population at the same time: an epidemic outbreak of influenza.
- Widely prevalent: epidemic discontent.
- An outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely.
- A rapid spread, growth, or development: an unemployment epidemic.
Origin of epidemicFrench épidémique from épidémie an epidemic from Old French espydymie from Medieval Latin epidēmia from Greek epidēmiā prevalence of an epidemic disease from epidēmos prevalent epi- epi- dēmos people ; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more epidemic, superlative most epidemic)
- Like or having to do with an epidemic; widespread
- Epidemic hysteria occurred upon the incumbent’s reelection.