(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.
a pandemic disease.

1660–70; < Late Latin pandēm(us) < Greek pándēmos common, public (pan- pan- + dêm(os) the people + -os adj. suffix) + -ic

pandemia [pan-dee-mee-uh] , noun
pandemicity [pan-duh-mis-i-tee] , noun
interpandemic, adjective

endemic, epidemic, pandemic. Unabridged
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pandemic (pænˈdɛmɪk)
1.  (of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic
2.  a pandemic disease
[C17: from Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos general, from pan- + demos the people]

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Word Origin & History

1666, from Gk. pandemos "pertaining to all people," from pan- "all" + demos "people" (see demotic). Modeled on epidemic. The noun is first recorded 1853, from the adj.
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Medical Dictionary

pandemic pan·dem·ic (pān-děm'ĭk)
Epidemic over a wide geographic area. n.
A pandemic disease.

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Science Dictionary
pandemic   (pān-děm'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.
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pandemic definition

A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.

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