Sporadic disease
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]


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  • sporadic disease — (spo rad ik) A disease that occurs occasionally and at random intervals in a population …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • sporadic — UK [spəˈrædɪk] / US 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 Derived… …   English dictionary

  • sporadic — adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin sporadicus, from Greek sporadikos, from sporadēn here and there, from sporad , sporas scattered; akin to Greek speirein to sow more at sperm Date: circa 1689 occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or… …   New Collegiate 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 cholera — Cholera Chol er*a, n. [L., a bilious disease. See {Choler}.] (Med.) One of several diseases affecting the digestive and intestinal tract and more or less dangerous to life, esp. the one commonly called Asiatic cholera. [1913 Webster] {Asiatic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disease — diseasedly, adv. diseasedness, n. /di zeez /, n., v., diseased, diseasing. n. 1. a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection,… …   Universalium

  • sporadic — /spəˈrædɪk / (say spuh radik) adjective 1. appearing or happening at intervals in time; occasional: only sporadic interest in the new website. 2. appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease: sporadic outbreaks. 3. occurring singly …   Australian English dictionary

  • sporadic — Of a tumour or genetic disease, a novel occurrence without any previous family history of the disease (cf. inherited). Examples of diseases with both sporadic and inherited forms: retinoblastoma, Wilms&’ tumour …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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