epizootic

epizootic

[ep-uh-zoh-ot-ik] Veterinary Medicine.
adjective
1.
(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
noun
2.
an epizootic disease.

Origin:
1740–50; epi- + zo(o)- + -otic

epizootically, adverb
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epizootic (ˌɛpɪzəʊˈɒtɪk)
 
adj
1.  (of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
 
n
2.  Compare enzootic an epizootic disease
 
epizo'otically
 
adv

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epizootic
animal equivalent of epidemic, from Gk. epi + zoon (see vital).
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epizootic ep·i·zo·ot·ic (ěp'ĭ-zō-ŏt'ĭk)
adj.
Affecting a large number of animals at the same time within a particular region or geographic area. Used of a disease.


ep'i·zo·ot'ic n.
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epizootic   (ěp'ĭ-zō-ŏt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective   Relating to a rapidly spreading disease that affects a large number of animals at the same time within a particular area.

Noun   An epizootic disease.
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