epizootiology

[ ĕp′ĭ-zō-ŏt′ē-ŏlə-jē ]

n.

The science dealing with the character, ecology, and causes of diseases in animals, especially epizootic diseases.
The sum of the factors controlling the presence of a disease in an animal population.
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