su·​per-spread·​ing | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈspre-diŋ How to pronounce super-spreading (audio) \
variants: or superspreading

Definition of super-spreading

: 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

First Known Use of super-spreading

2003, in the meaning defined above

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“Super-spreading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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