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epizootic

[ ep-uh-zoh-ot-ik ]
/ ˌɛp ə zoʊˈɒt ɪk /
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adjective
(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
noun
an epizootic disease.
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Origin of epizootic

First recorded in 1740–50; epi- + zo(o)- + -otic

OTHER WORDS FROM epizootic

ep·i·zo·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for epizootic

epizootic
/ (ˌɛpɪzəʊˈɒtɪk) /

adjective
(of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
noun
an epizootic diseaseCompare enzootic

Derived forms of epizootic

epizootically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for epizootic

epizootic
[ ĕp′ĭ-zō-ŏtĭk ]

Adjective
Relating to a rapidly spreading disease that affects a large number of animals at the same time within a particular area.
Noun
An epizootic disease.
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