Epidemic meaning

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The definition of an epidemic is an outbreak of disease that occurs on a ground scale or a community-wide level.

An example of an epidemic is the AIDs virus during the 1980's.

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A rapid spread, growth, or development.

An unemployment epidemic.

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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.

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An outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely.
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Widely prevalent.

Epidemic discontent.

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Prevalent and spreading rapidly among many individuals in a community at the same time.
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An epidemic disease.
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The rapid spreading of such a disease.
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A rapid, widespread occurrence or growth.
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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.

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Widely prevalent.

Epidemic discontent.

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An outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely.
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A rapid spread, growth, or development.

An unemployment epidemic.

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An outbreak of a disease or illness that spreads rapidly among individuals in an area or population at the same time.
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(epidemiology) An occurrence of a disease or disorder in a population at a frequency higher than that expected in a given time period.
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Like or having to do with an epidemic; widespread.

Epidemic hysteria occurred upon the incumbent’s reelection.

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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