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sporadic

[ spuh-rad-ik ]
/ spəˈræd ɪk /
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adjective

(of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease.
isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others.
occurring singly or widely apart in locality: the sporadic growth of plants.

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Origin of sporadic

First recorded in 1680–90; from Medieval Latin sporadicus, from Greek sporadikós, equivalent to sporad- (stem of sporás “strewn,” akin to sporá “sowing, seed”) + -ikos adjective suffix; see spore, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM sporadic

spo·rad·i·cal·ly, adverbspo·rad·i·cal·ness, nounspo·ra·dic·i·ty [spawr-uh-dis-i-tee], /ˌspɔr əˈdɪs ɪ ti/, spo·ra·dism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sporadic

sporadic
/ (spəˈrædɪk) /

adjective

occurring at irregular points in time; intermittentsporadic firing
scattered; isolateda sporadic disease

Derived forms of sporadic

sporadically, adverbsporadicalness, noun

Word Origin for sporadic

C17: from Medieval Latin sporadicus, from Greek sporadikos, from sporas scattered; related to Greek speirein to sow; see spore
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Medical definitions for sporadic

sporadic
[ spə-rădĭk, spô- ]

adj.

Occurring at irregular intervals.
Occurring singly; not grouped.
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