epidemic

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From French épidémique, from épidémie, from Latin epidemia, from Ancient Greek ἐπιδήμιος (epidēmios), from ἐπί (epi, upon) + δῆμος (dēmos, people).

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epidemic (plural epidemics)

  1. A widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population.
  2. (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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epidemic (comparative more epidemic, superlative most epidemic)

  1. Like or having to do with an epidemic; widespread
    Epidemic hysteria occurred upon the incumbent’s reelection.
    • 2003, James C. Howell, Preventing & Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework, SAGE Publications, ISBN 978-0-7619-2509-5, page 19:
      This proportion increased about 5% from 1988 to 1992—hardly a change of epidemic proportions.

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