- (of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
- an epizootic disease.
Origin of epizootic
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Examples from the Web for epizootic
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.Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures
I think I have the epizootic, and I don't want any breakfast.Uncle Wiggily in the Woods
Howard R. Garis
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.Uncle Wiggily's Travels
Howard R. Garis
- (of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
- an epizootic diseaseCompare enzootic
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Word Origin and History for epizootic
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- 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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- Relating to a rapidly spreading disease that affects a large number of animals at the same time within a particular area.
- An epizootic disease.
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