- Also ep·i·dem·i·cal. (of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
- extremely prevalent; widespread.
- a temporary prevalence of a disease.
- a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something: an epidemic of riots.
Origin of epidemic
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- (esp of a disease) attacking or affecting many persons simultaneously in a community or area
- a widespread occurrence of a diseasean influenza epidemic
- a rapid development, spread, or growth of something, esp something unpleasantan epidemic of strikes
C17: from French épidémique, via Late Latin from Greek epidēmia literally: among the people, from epi- + dēmos people
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Word Origin and History for inter-epidemic
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- Spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or population at the same time, as of a disease or illness.
- An outbreak or unusually high occurrence of a disease or illness in a population or area.
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