epidemic curve

noun
variants: or less commonly epidemiological curve or epidemiologic curve or epi curve \ ˈe-​pē-​ How to pronounce epidemic curve (audio) \

Definition of epidemic curve

: a visual representation in the form of a graph or chart depicting the onset and progression of an outbreak of disease and especially infectious disease in a particular population

Note: An epidemic curve plots the number of documented cases over a period of time (such as days, weeks, or months) and can provide valuable epidemiological information (such as the pattern of spread, mode of transmission, and incubation period).

As there is no specific medication to treat COVID-19, nor any vaccine to protect us against this infection, public health authorities are stressing the importance of hygiene and self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the epidemic curve.
— Joseph Q. Jarvis The E. coli outbreak, which by last official count had sickened 53 people in 16 states, dates to March 13, with no known fatalities. … The CDC publishes an "epi curve" that shows that people began getting sick on March 13.— Lena H. Sun and Joel Achenbach Community spread is limited now, but officials expect it to accelerate. Now, he [Governor Jared Polis] said, testing must scale up to offer a more informed picture of community spread and "where we are in the epidemiological curve."Fort Collins Coloradoan

First Known Use of epidemic curve

1883, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About epidemic curve

Time Traveler for epidemic curve

Time Traveler

The first known use of epidemic curve was in 1883

See more words from the same year

Statistics for epidemic curve

Cite this Entry

“Epidemic curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidemic%20curve. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!