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epizootic

[ep-uh-zoh-ot-ik] /ˌɛp ə zoʊˈɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
(of diseases) spreading quickly among animals.
noun
2.
an epizootic disease.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; epi- + zo(o)- + -otic
Related forms
epizootically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for epizootics

epizootic

/ˌɛpɪzəʊˈɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a disease) suddenly and temporarily affecting a large number of animals over a large area
noun
2.
an epizootic disease Compare enzootic
Derived Forms
epizootically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for epizootics

epizootic

n.

animal equivalent of epidemic, 1748, from French épizootique, from épizootie, irregularly formed from Greek epi (see epi-) + zoon (see zoo).

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epizootics in Medicine

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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epizootics in Science
epizootic
  (ěp'ĭ-zō-ŏt'ĭk)   
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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