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[ep-uh-zoh-ot-ik]Veterinary Medicine
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  1. (of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
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  1. an epizootic disease.
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Origin of epizootic

First recorded in 1740–50; epi- + zo(o)- + -otic
Related formsep·i·zo·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • If you ask me, said Agnes, with conviction, I think the old thing has the epizootic.

    The Corner House Girls on a Tour

    Grace Brooks Hill

  • "No matter if I do catch the epizootic; guess I'll get over it," said the boy.

  • I think I have the epizootic, and I don't want any breakfast.

  • In the 18th and 19th centuries it sometimes spread like an epizootic over the whole of Europe, from Siberia to France.

  • They traveled over hills and down dales, and once they met a lame rabbit, who had the epizootic very bad.

British Dictionary definitions for epizootic


  1. (of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
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  1. an epizootic diseaseCompare enzootic
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Derived Formsepizootically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for epizootic


animal equivalent of epidemic, 1748, from French épizootique, from épizootie, irregularly formed from Greek epi (see epi-) + zoon (see zoo).

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epizootic in Medicine


  1. Affecting a large number of animals at the same time within a particular region or geographic area. Used of a disease.
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Related formsep′i•zo•otic n.
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epizootic in Science


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