[ soo-per-spred-er ]
/ ˈsu pərˌsprɛd ər /
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Pathology. a person who spreads a contagious disease more easily and widely than the average infected person: About forty percent of the superspreaders had no symptoms of the virus.
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Origin of superspreader
First recorded in 1970–75
OTHER WORDS FROM superspreadersu·per·spread·ing, su·per-spread·ing [soo-per-spred-ing] /ˈsu pərˌsprɛd ɪŋ/ adjective, noun
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How to use superspreader in a sentence
Public health experts have spent the week advising against potential coronavirus superspreader viewing parties, and in Tampa, Raymond James Stadium will be about one-third full.This odd Super Bowl will bring us together for a day. Let’s not take that for granted.|Jerry Brewer|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
The main superspreaders of extremist content remain centralized corporate platforms like Facebook and YouTube, not open-source privacy platforms.In the Fight Against Extremism, Don't Demonize Surveillance-Busting Tools like Signal and Bitcoin|Alex Gladstein|January 26, 2021|Time
Experts have warned the storming of the Capitol building could have contributed to the public health crisis as a potential superspreader event.Lawmakers may have been exposed to the coronavirus in Capitol lockdown, attending physician says|Paulina Firozi, Amy B Wang, Mike DeBonis|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Sometimes virus variants appear to seem to spread more easily but in fact are being propelled by luck, like a superspreader event.The UK is spooking everyone with its new covid-19 strain. Here’s what scientists know.|Niall Firth|December 21, 2020|MIT Technology Review
In most areas, there have been few to no documented outbreaks, much less superspreader events.Youth sports have been hit with few coronavirus outbreaks so far. Why is ice hockey so different?|Ariana Eunjung Cha, Karin Brulliard|December 4, 2020|Washington Post