- Also ep·i·dem·i·cal. (of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
- extremely prevalent; widespread.
- a temporary prevalence of a disease.
- a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something: an epidemic of riots.
Origin of epidemic
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Examples from the Web for epidemical
It appears often in the epidemical form and spreads by contagion.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
But there was raging then a sort of epidemical belief in native deficiency and in the absolute necessity of importing art talent.Art in England
First, the physicians are to take care that they do nothing to irritate this epidemical distemper.
This disease exactly resembled that which was so epidemical in the year 1733.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
I am charmed to see a part of your Majesty's Dominions in a state of Pyrrhonism; the disease is epidemical here at present.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)
- (esp of a disease) attacking or affecting many persons simultaneously in a community or area
- a widespread occurrence of a diseasean influenza epidemic
- a rapid development, spread, or growth of something, esp something unpleasantan epidemic of strikes
C17: from French épidémique, via Late Latin from Greek epidēmia literally: among the people, from epi- + dēmos people
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Word Origin and History for epidemical
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- Spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or population at the same time, as of a disease or illness.
- An outbreak or unusually high occurrence of a disease or illness in a population or area.
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- An outbreak of a disease or illness that spreads rapidly among individuals in an area or population at the same time. See also endemic pandemic.
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