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epiphytotic

[ep-uh-fahy-tot-ik] /ˌɛp ə faɪˈtɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a disease) destroying a large number of plants in an area at the same time.
noun
2.
the widespread, destructive outbreak of a plant disease.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; epi- + -phyte + -otic
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  • The disease can appear in severe forms in experimental plots under artificial epiphytotic conditions causing severe losses.
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epiphytotic

/ˌɛpɪfaɪˈtɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of plant diseases and parasites) affecting plants over a wide geographical region
Word Origin
from epi- + -phyte + -otic
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epiphytotic
  (ěp'ə-fī-tŏt'ĭk)   
Relating to or characterized by a sudden or abnormally destructive outbreak of a plant disease, usually over an extended geographic area.
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