epidemic disease

noun
any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
Hypernyms: ↑infectious disease
Hyponyms:

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • epidemic — [ep΄ə dem′ik] adj. [Fr épidémique < MFr < ML epidemicus < epidemia < Gr epidēmia < epidēmios, among the people, general < epi , EPI + dēmos, people: see DEMOCRACY] prevalent and spreading rapidly among many individuals in a… …   English World dictionary

  • epidemic — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. épidémique, from épidemié an epidemic disease, from M.L. epidemia, from Gk. epidemia prevalence of an epidemic disease (especially the plague), from epi among, upon (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + demos people, district (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Epidemic — Ep i*dem ic, n. [Cf. {Epidemy}.] 1. (Med.) An epidemic disease. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disease — diseasedly, adv. diseasedness, n. /di zeez /, n., v., diseased, diseasing. n. 1. a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection,… …   Universalium

  • Epidemic — For other uses, see Epidemic (disambiguation). In epidemiology, an epidemic (επι (epi) meaning upon or above and δεμος (demos) meaning people ), occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period,… …   Wikipedia

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