[ ep-i-dem-ik ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈdɛm ɪk /
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
Related formsep·i·dem·i·cal·ly, adverbep·i·de·mic·i·ty [ep-i-duh-mis-i-tee] /ˌɛp ɪ dəˈmɪs ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·ep·i·dem·ic, adjectivepre·ep·i·dem·ic, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epidemically
But, as I have said, the "Tommies" all did verse—or worse—and the example was epidemically contagious.War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.
It existed in Michigan between 1868 and 1874, but only in the latter year epidemically, and not to a very great extent.
British Dictionary definitions for epidemically
/ (ˌɛpɪˈdɛmɪk) /
(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
Derived Formsepidemically, adverb
Word Origin for epidemic
C17: from French épidémique, via Late Latin from Greek epidēmia literally: among the people, from epi- + dēmos people
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Medicine definitions for epidemically
[ ĕp′ĭ-dĕm′ĭk ]
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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Science definitions for epidemically
[ ĕp′ĭ-dĕm′ĭk ]
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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Culture definitions for epidemically
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