[ pan-dem-ik ]
/ pænˈdɛm ɪk /
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(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.Compare epidemic (def. 1).
a disease prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.
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Origin of pandemic
OTHER WORDS FROM pandemicpan·de·mi·a [pan-dee-mee-uh], /pænˈdi mi ə/, nounpan·de·mic·i·ty [pan-duh-mis-i-tee], /ˌpæn dəˈmɪs ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·pan·dem·ic, adjective
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How to use pandemic in a sentence
It’s as if the pandemic has scaled back the emotional bandwidth of this album.BTS’s new album is sublime comfort pop for the soul in lockdown|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
After the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted its final season in the spring, Supernatural rounded out its last few episodes throughout November.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Wish’s losses, as well as its sales, have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the filing.Online marketplace Wish files for initial public offering|Verne Kopytoff|November 20, 2020|Fortune
“It’s a very, very serious crisis the world is facing currently,” IFRC Secretary General Jagan Chapagain said of the Covid-19 pandemic, speaking at a virtual news conference on November 17.Natural disasters are increasing. The world’s poorest are left to fend for themselves.|Jariel Arvin|November 20, 2020|Vox
Trained nursing home employees were scarce even before the pandemic, experts say.Maryland and Virginia nursing homes battle explosive covid-19 outbreaks — again|Rebecca Tan, Rachel Chason|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for pandemic
/ (pænˈdɛmɪk) /
(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic
a pandemic disease
Word Origin for pandemic
C17: from Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos general, from pan- + demos the people
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Scientific definitions for pandemic
[ păn-dĕm′ĭk ]
An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Cultural definitions for pandemic
A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.