- (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
- appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease.
- isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others.
- occurring singly or widely apart in locality: the sporadic growth of plants.
Origin of sporadic
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Examples from the Web for sporadical
It is, he says, both a sporadical and an epidemical disease, and when epidemical it is also contagious.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- occurring at irregular points in time; intermittentsporadic firing
- scattered; isolateda sporadic disease
Word Origin and History for sporadical
1650s (implied in sporadical), from Medieval Latin sporadicus "scattered," from Greek sporadikos "scattered," from sporas (genitive sporados) "scattered," from spora "a sowing" (see spore). Originally a medical term, "occurring in scattered instances;" the meaning "happening at intervals" is first recorded 1847. Related: Sporadically.
- Occurring at irregular intervals.
- Occurring singly; not grouped.