sylvatic

adjective
syl·​vat·​ic | \sil-ˈva-tik \

Definition of sylvatic 

1 : sylvan sylvatic rodents

2 : occurring in or affecting wild animals sylvatic diseases

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Miners and loggers, some with fake immunization cards, jet between sylvatic regions and cities in just hours, potentially transferring the virus to new areas. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "When will yellow fever strike Brazil again? Monkeys and mosquitoes hold clues," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sylvatic

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sylvatic

Latin silvaticus of the woods, wild — more at savage

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sylvatic

adjective
syl·​vat·​ic | \sil-ˈvat-ik \

Medical Definition of sylvatic 

: occurring in, affecting, or transmitted by wild animals sylvatic diseases sylvatic yellow fever

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