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pandemic

adjective pan·dem·ic \ pan-ˈde-mik \

Definition of pandemic

:occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population
  • pandemic malaria
  • The 1918 flu was pandemic and claimed millions of lives.

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Origin and Etymology of pandemic

Late Latin pandemus, from Greek pandēmos of all the people, from pan- + dēmos people — more at demagogue


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pandemic

noun pan·dem·ic \ pan-ˈde-mik \

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 in a Sentence

  1. … 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 FillerNew York Review of Books24 Sept. 2009
  2. … it also hopes to utilize this cultural investigation to better understand strategies to reduce the massive pandemic we now understand cigarette smoking to produce. —Allan M. BrandtThe Cigarette Century2007
  3. There is evidence that this gambling pandemic is going global. —Gerri HirsheyNew York Times Magazine17 July 1994
  4. In ten years that it raged, this pandemic took or ravaged the lives of nearly five million people before it disappeared, as mysteriously and suddenly as it had arrived, in 1927. —Oliver SacksAwakenings1973
  5. The 1918 flu pandemic claimed millions of lives.

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Origin and Etymology of pandemic


PANDEMIC Defined for English Language Learners

pandemic

noun

Definition of pandemic for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

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pandemic

adjective pan·dem·ic \ pan-ˈdem-ik \

medical Definition of pandemic

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

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pandemic

noun

medical Definition of pandemic

:a pandemic outbreak of a disease


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