ep·i·dem·ic /-ɪkəl/ 形容詞
Ep·i·dem·ic Ep·i·dem·ic·al a.
1. Med. Common to, or affecting at the same time, a large number in a community; -- applied to a disease which, spreading widely, attacks many persons at the same time; as, an epidemic disease; an epidemic catarrh, fever, etc. See Endemic.
2. Spreading widely, or generally prevailing; affecting great numbers, as an epidemic does; as, epidemic rage; an epidemic evil.
It was the epidemical sin of the nation. --Bp. Burnet.
1. Med. An epidemic disease.
2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror.
adj : (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a
disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a
community or a population simultaneously; "an epidemic
outbreak of influenza" [ant: endemic, ecdemic]
n : a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people
are infected at the same time