pandemic

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From Late Latin pandēmus (affecting all the people, public, general), from Ancient Greek πᾶν (pân, all) (equivalent to English pan-) + δῆμος (dêmos, the people).

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pandemic (comparative more pandemic, superlative most pandemic)

  1. Widespread; general.
  2. (medicine) Epidemic over a wide geographical area and affecting a large proportion of the population.
    World War I might have continued indefinitely if not for a pandemic outbreak of influenza.

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pandemic (plural pandemics)

  1. A pandemic disease; a disease that hits a wide geographical area and affects a large proportion of the population.
    • 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 64: 
      In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”

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