- (of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
- general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.
- a pandemic disease.
Origin of pandemic
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- (of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic
- a pandemic disease
C17: from Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos general, from pan- + demos the people
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Word Origin and History for pandemia
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- Epidemic over a wide geographic area.
- A pandemic disease.
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- An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.
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A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.
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