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Noun: epidemic  ,e-pi'de-mik
  1. A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
Adjective: epidemic  ,e-pi'de-mik
  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"

Derived forms: epidemics

See also: epiphytotic, epizootic, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguey

Type of: eruption, irruption, outbreak

Antonym: ecdemic, endemic

Encyclopedia: Epidemic