Epidemic Definition

-ĭ-kəl
epidemics
adjective
Prevalent and spreading rapidly among many individuals in a community at the same time.
Webster's New World
Widely prevalent.
Epidemic discontent.
American Heritage Medicine

Like or having to do with an epidemic; widespread.

Epidemic hysteria occurred upon the incumbent’s reelection.
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noun
epidemics
Wiktionary
An epidemic disease.
Webster's New World
The rapid spreading of such a disease.
Webster's New World
A rapid, widespread occurrence or growth.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Epidemic

Noun

Singular:
epidemic
Plural:
epidemics

Origin of Epidemic

  • French 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 dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French épidémique, from épidémie, from Latin epidemia, from Ancient Greek ἐπιδήμιος (epidēmios), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + δῆμος (dēmos, “people”).

    From Wiktionary

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