Sporadic Spo*rad"ic (-r[a^]d"[i^]k), a. [Gr. ? scattered, fr. ?, ?, scattered, fr. ? to sow seed, to scatter like seed: cf. F. sporadique. See {Spore}.] Occurring singly, or apart from other things of the same kind, or in scattered instances; separate; single; as, a sporadic fireball; a sporadic case of disease; a sporadic example of a flower. [1913 Webster]

{Sporadic disease} (Med.), a disease which occurs in single and scattered cases. See the Note under {Endemic}, a. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sporadic — SPORÁDIC, Ă, sporadici, ce, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Care apare, care se manifestă pe ici, pe colo sau din când în când; lipsit de continuitate; distanţat, rar; împrăştiat, dispersat, răzleţ, izolat; întâmplător. – Din fr. sporadique. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • sporadic — sporadic. См. спорадический. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • sporadic — I adjective appearing at intervals, casual, changeable, desultory, disconnected, discontinuous, disjunct, dispersed, erratic, fitful, fluctuating, immethodical, inconstant, indefinite, infrequent, intermittent, intermitting, inusitatus, irregular …   Law dictionary

  • sporadic — 1650s (implied in sporadical), from M.L. sporadicus scattered, from Gk. sporadikos scattered, from sporas (gen. sporados) scattered, from spora a sowing (see SPORE (Cf. spore)). Originally a medical term, occurring in scattered instances; the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sporadic — *occasional, rare, scarce, *infrequent, uncommon Analogous words: scattered, dispersed (see SCATTER): sparse, exiguous, *meager …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sporadic — [adj] on and off bits and pieces*, desultory, few, fitful, fits and starts*, hit ormiss*, infrequent, intermittent, irregular, isolated, occasional, on again off again*, random, rare, scarce, scattered, seldom, semioccasional, spasmodic, spotty,… …   New thesaurus

  • sporadic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places. DERIVATIVES sporadically adverb. ORIGIN Greek sporadikos, from sporas scattered …   English terms dictionary

  • sporadic — [spə rad′ik] adj. [ML sporadicus < Gr sporadikos < sporas, scattered: for IE base see SPORE] 1. happening from time to time; not constant or regular; occasional 2. widely separated from others, scattered, or isolated in occurrence;… …   English World dictionary

  • Sporadic — Occurring upon occasion or in a scattered, isolated or seemingly random way. A disorder that is sporadic is by definition neither an endemic, an epidemic, nor a pandemic: {{}}An endemic is present in a community at all times but in low frequency …   Medical dictionary

  • sporadic — spo|rad|ic [ spə rædık ] adjective 1. ) not regular or frequent: The explosions were only sporadic now. sporadic showers 2. ) MEDICAL a sporadic disease appears in separate areas of a country or region with no clear connection between the cases ╾ …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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