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epiphytotic

[ep-uh-fahy-tot-ik]
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adjective
  1. (of a disease) destroying a large number of plants in an area at the same time.
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noun
  1. the widespread, destructive outbreak of a plant disease.
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Origin of epiphytotic

First recorded in 1895–1900; epi- + -phyte + -otic
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British Dictionary definitions for epiphytotic

epiphytotic

adjective
  1. (of plant diseases and parasites) affecting plants over a wide geographical region
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Word Origin

from epi- + -phyte + -otic
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epiphytotic in Science

epiphytotic

[ĕp′ə-fī-tŏtĭk]
  1. Relating to or characterized by a sudden or abnormally destructive outbreak of a plant disease, usually over an extended geographic area.
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