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epidemic

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Epidemic \Ep'i*dem"ic\, Epidemical \Ep'i*dem"ic*al\, adjective [L. epidemus, Gr. ?, ?, among the people, epidemic; ? in + ? people: cf. F. ['e]pid['e]mique. Cf. {Demagogue}.]

1. (Med.) Common to, or affecting at the same time, a large number in a community; -- applied to a disease which, spreading widely, attacks many persons at the same time; as, an epidemic disease; an epidemic catarrh, fever, etc. See {Endemic}.

2. Spreading widely, or generally prevailing; affecting great numbers, as an epidemic does; as, epidemic rage; an epidemic evil.

It was the epidemical sin of the nation. --Bp. Burnet.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Epidemic \Ep'i*dem"ic\, noun [Cf. {Epidemy}.]

1. (Med.) An epidemic disease.

2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

epidemic

adjective

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" [ant: {ecdemic}, {endemic}, {endemical}]

noun

1: a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time


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