pandemic

[pan-dem-ik]
adjective
1.
(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
2.
general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.
noun
3.
a pandemic disease.

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

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pandemic
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)
adj.
Epidemic over a wide geographic area. n.
A pandemic disease.

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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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Cultural Dictionary

pandemic definition


A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.

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Example sentences
This could be the beginning of an influenza pandemic.
He is working to stop the next global pandemic before it starts.
The pandemic has spread throughout the world's oceans with devastating effects
  on these docile sea-dwelling reptiles.
The death toll would climb much higher in the event of a new global pandemic or
  bioterror attack.
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