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epidemic meaning and definition


Definition of epidemic (noun)

  1. a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time

EPIDEMIC adjective

Definition of epidemic (adjective)

  1. (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously
    • "an epidemic outbreak of influenza"
    • antonym: endemic
Source: Princeton University Wordnet