super-spreading

noun

su·​per-spread·​ing ˌsü-pər-ˈspre-diŋ How to pronounce super-spreading (audio)
variants or superspreading
: the transmission of a communicable disease to an unusually large number of uninfected individuals by a relatively small number of highly contagious individuals : the spread of disease by super-spreaders
The SARS coronavirus moved mainly via super-spreading and the epidemic died out. Whether that is likely to happen this time should become apparent soon.Debora MacKenzie
The authors analyse data from eight human infections … to show that superspreading occurs across the board, although to a greater or lesser extent depending on the disease.Alison P. Galvani and Robert M. May
often used before another noun
super-spreading events

Word History

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of super-spreading was in 2003

Dictionary Entries Near super-spreading

Cite this Entry

“Super-spreading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/super-spreading. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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