su·​per-spread·​er | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈspre-dər How to pronounce super-spreader (audio) \
variants: or superspreader
plural super-spreaders or superspreaders

Definition of super-spreader

: an individual who is highly contagious and capable of transmitting a communicable disease to an unusually large number of uninfected individuals Health authorities are watching uneasily for an event that could reverse their apparent success in containing the U.S. outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome: the arrival of a so-called super-spreader.— M. A. J. McKenna The story of a traveling British businessman who appears to have passed the coronavirus to Britons in at least three countries has prompted concerns over a 'superspreader,' who could play an outsize role in transmitting the infection.— Karla Adam

First Known Use of super-spreader

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Super-spreader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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