outbreak


out·break

noun \ˈat-ˌbrāk\

: a sudden start or increase of fighting or disease

Full Definition of OUTBREAK

1
a :  a sudden or violent increase in activity or currency <the outbreak of war>
b :  a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease <an outbreak of measles>
c :  a sudden increase in numbers of a harmful organism and especially an insect within a particular area <an outbreak of locusts>

Examples of OUTBREAK

  1. <there was an immediate outbreak of paper shuffling and a pretense of work when the supervisor passed through the room>
  2. <the government quelled the outbreak with ruthless efficiency>

First Known Use of OUTBREAK

1602

out·break

noun \ˈat-ˌbrāk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OUTBREAK

1
: a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease <an outbreak of measles>
2
: a sudden increase in numbers of a harmful organism and especially an insect within a particular area <an outbreak of locusts>

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