epidemic: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ep"i-dem'ik), [key]
- (of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
- extremely prevalent; widespread.
- a temporary prevalence of a disease.
- a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something: an epidemic of riots.
- epidemic (Thesaurus)