epizootic

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

adjective

(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.

noun

an epizootic disease.

Nearby words

  1. epixylous,
  2. epizoic,
  3. epizoite,
  4. epizoology,
  5. epizoon,
  6. epizootic lymphangitis,
  7. epizootiology,
  8. epizooty,
  9. epns,
  10. epo

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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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 Formsepizootically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for epizootic

epizootic

n.

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

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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 formsep′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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