epizootic

[ ep-uh-zoh-ot-ik ]
/ ˌɛp ə zoʊˈɒt ɪk /
Veterinary Medicine

adjective

(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.

noun

an epizootic disease.

Origin of epizootic

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

Related forms

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

epizootically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for epizootic

epizootic

[ ĕp′ĭ-zō-ŏtĭk ]

adj.

Affecting a large number of animals at the same time within a particular region or geographic area. Used of a disease.

Related forms

ep′i•zo•otic n.
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Science 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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