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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Definitions for pandemic

  1. Affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic.
  2. A pandemic disease.

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Citations for pandemic
Believed to have originated in India in ancient times before first ravaging the Roman world as early as A.D. 165, since then it [smallpox] had scourged humanity in what amounted to a permanent pandemic, causing incalculable loss of life and misery through morbidity and disfigurement. Frank Ryan M.D., Virus X
Within a decade, half a million had perished. Nobody guessed that such a rare disease would become a pandemic. Steve Jones, Darwin's Ghost
Origin of pandemic
1660-1670
Pandemic ultimately derives from Greek pandemos, "of all the people," from pan-, "all" + demos, "people."