pandemic

[ pan-dem-ik ]
/ pænˈdɛm ɪk /

adjective

(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.

noun

a pandemic disease.

Nearby words

  1. pandean pipes,
  2. pandect,
  3. pandects,
  4. pandects of justinian,
  5. pandemia,
  6. pandemoniacal,
  7. pandemonic,
  8. pandemonium,
  9. pander,
  10. panderly

Origin of pandemic

1660–70; < Late Latin pandēm(us) < Greek pándēmos common, public (pan- pan- + dêm(os) the people + -os adj. suffix) + -ic

Related formspan·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

Can be confusedendemic epidemic pandemic

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British Dictionary definitions for pandemic

pandemic

/ (pænˈdɛmɪk) /

adjective

(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic

noun

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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Word Origin and History for pandemic

pandemic

adj.

1660s, from Late Latin pandemus, from Greek pandemos "pertaining to all people; public, common," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + demos "people" (see demotic). Modeled on epidemic. The noun is first recorded 1853, from the adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pandemic

pandemic

[ păn-dĕmĭk ]

adj.

Epidemic over a wide geographic area.

n.

A pandemic disease.

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Science definitions for pandemic

pandemic

[ păn-dĕmĭk ]

An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.
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Culture definitions for pandemic

pandemic

A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.

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