pandemic


1pan·dem·ic

adjective \pan-ˈde-mik\

Definition of PANDEMIC

:  occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population <pandemic malaria>

Origin of PANDEMIC

Late Latin pandemus, from Greek pandēmos of all the people, from pan- + dēmos people — more at demagogue
First Known Use: 1666

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with PANDEMIC

2pan·dem·ic

noun \pan-ˈde-mik\

medical : an occurrence in which a disease spreads very quickly and affects a large number of people over a wide area or throughout the world

Full Definition of PANDEMIC

:  an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population :  a pandemic outbreak of a disease

Examples of PANDEMIC

  1. The 1918 flu pandemic claimed millions of lives.
  2. … globalization, the most thoroughgoing socioeconomic upheaval since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a pandemic of retrogressive nationalism, regional separatism, and religious extremism. —Martin Filler, New York Review of Books, 24 Sept. 2009

Origin of PANDEMIC

(see 1pandemic)
First Known Use: circa 1853

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate

Rhymes with PANDEMIC

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