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Meaning & Definition of Epidemic in English

English

Epidemic

/ɛpədɛmɪk/

noun

1. A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease

  • Many people are infected at the same time
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • epidemic

Examples of using

Scores of people died in the epidemic.
Health groups have called for an urgent summit to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, which has reached epidemic proportions throughout the country.
The administration of a new drug curbed the epidemic.