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Noun
A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time
“I remembered hearing about the cholera epidemic which had struck just before I was born.”
Noun
A sudden, widespread occurrence of an undesirable phenomenon
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“The epidemic of crime in the thrift industry in the 1980s threatened the survival of the industry itself.”
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(pathology) An abnormal condition of a human, animal or plant that causes discomfort or dysfunction
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Pervasive phenomenon
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An unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage
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A measure of the contagiousness of a disease or illness
Adjective
Contagious, of the nature of an epidemic
“This epidemic disease, which was felt sooner at Edinburgh than any other part of this island, spread itself gradually over all Scotland.”
Adjective
Very widespread, common or prevalent
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“If nothing else, Congress should respond to the epidemic perception of abuse.”
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Not restrained or held in check
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Rapid change
Adjective
Relating to or tending to cause infectious diseases
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