ep·​i·​sod·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik How to pronounce episodic (audio) also -ˈzä- How to pronounce episodic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly episodical \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl How to pronounce episodic (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \

Definition of episodic

1 : made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
2 : having the form of an episode
3 : of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary may be able to establish whether the sea-floor spreading is continuous or episodic— A. I. Hammond
4 : occurring, appearing, or changing at usually irregular intervals : occasional an episodic illness

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episodically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce episodic (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

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Examples of episodic in a Sentence

the long novel was filmed for television as an episodic movie that was shown over the course of five evenings malaria is characterized by episodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells
Recent Examples on the Web Personalized and episodic email marketing content shows prospective customers the right way to go and can develop a strong brand connection in the process. Joel Goobich, Forbes, "How Marketers Can Leverage Email Personalization," 7 Apr. 2021 This digital-stage amalgam is too episodic to sustain momentum for a 2½--hour chronicle. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘The Gaze ... No Homo,’ a Black and queer actor navigates the white theater world," 6 Mar. 2021 For several years, Rouhana focused on producing two episodic television series, Hidden Heroes and Project Dad, both of which aligned with Chicken Soup’s family-friendly approach and eventually aired on CBS and Discovery, respectively. Matt Schifrin, Forbes, "B-Movie Mogul: How A Failed Telecom Titan Turned A Feel-Good Book Publisher Into A Streaming Media Star," 9 Apr. 2021 Kid Cosmic may return to the child superhero trope, but the show is anything but a Powerpuff-style episodic beat-em-up showcase. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, "The Best Animation of 2021 (So Far)," 9 Apr. 2021 People with chronic or episodic migraines and migraine with or without aura can experience any migraine subtype. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Every Type of Migraine and How to Tell Them Apart," 7 Apr. 2021 Third, to the extent that Disney+ is essentially surviving on the wings of MCU and Star Wars episodic shows, this could keep that buzz train running almost unabated well into mid-July. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Why Holding ‘Loki’ Until June Could Be A Mistake For Disney," 5 Apr. 2021 But the 51-year-old health care consultant in Minnetonka is still feeling the effects of COVID a year later — fatigue, brain fog, episodic chest pains and headaches. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Some COVID-19 long haulers in Minnesota still lack diagnosis," 4 Apr. 2021 Here, Genova points to promising therapies that take advantage of the brain’s natural tendency to edit episodic memories with every retrieval. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "A Neuroscientist’s Poignant Study of How We Forget Most Things in Life," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Episodic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episodic. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of episodic

: made up of many different events or episodes
: telling about many separate events
: happening or appearing at different times

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