Epidemic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌepɪˈdemɪk|  American pronunciation of the word epidemic
Brit.  |ɛpɪˈdɛmɪk|  British pronunciation of the word epidemic


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


- (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously


...the little girl's giggles were epidemic, and soon the entire gathering was laughing...

Over 500 people died during last year's flu epidemic.

Britain is suffering an epidemic of petty crime.

Violent crime is reaching epidemic proportions in some cities.

Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic.

Cosmetic surgery is now so prevalent that it could qualify as a national epidemic.

...many of the headstones were for children who had died during the influenza epidemic...

...called for the prompt mobilization of all national resources to combat the deadly epidemic...

Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.

The government stockpiled vaccines to prepare for a flu epidemic.

The epidemic spread unchecked.

The epidemic spread to neighboring countries.

An epidemic of grief swamped the country.

The city was threatened by the epidemic.

Doctors are struggling to contain the epidemic.

Word forms

singular: epidemic
plural: epidemics
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