(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
Related formsep·i·zo·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for epizooticdeadly
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Historical Examples of epizootic
If you ask me, said Agnes, with conviction, I think the old thing has the epizootic.
"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
Derived Formsepizootically, adverb
(of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
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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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Related formsep′i•zo•ot′ic n.
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.
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