- The definition of sporadic is something that happens occasionally or at irregular intervals.
An example of sporadic is when you go to the doctor only once every five years or so.
- happening from time to time; not constant or regular; occasional
- widely separated from others, scattered, or isolated in occurrence; appearing singly, apart, or in isolated instances
Origin: ML sporadicus from Glassical Greek sporadikos from sporas, scattered: for Indo-European base see spore
- sporadically adverb
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- Occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time. See Synonyms at periodic.
- Appearing singly or at widely scattered localities, as a plant or disease.
- Isolated; unique: a sporadic example.
Origin: Medieval Latin sporadicus, scattered, from Greek sporadikos, from sporas, sporad-; see sper- in Indo-European roots.
- spo·radˈi·cal·ly adverb
- spo·radˈi·cal·ness noun
sporadic - Medical Definition
- Occurring at irregular intervals.
- Occurring singly; not grouped.