Epidemic Ep`i*dem"ic, n. [Cf. {Epidemy}.] 1. (Med.) An epidemic disease. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror. [1913 Webster]

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  • Epidemic — Ep i*dem ic, Epidemical Ep i*dem ic*al, a. [L. epidemus, Gr. ?, ?, among the people, epidemic; ? in + ? people: cf. F. [ e]pid[ e]mique. Cf. {Demagogue}.] 1. (Med.) Common to, or affecting at the same time, a large number in a community; applied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epidemic — est un film danois réalisé par Lars von Trier, sorti en 1987. C est le deuxième volet de sa trilogie Europe (les 2 autres volets étant: Element of Crime et Europa). Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution …   Wikipédia en Français

  • epidemic — EPIDÉMIC, Ă, epidemici, ce adj. (Despre unele boli) Cu caracter de epidemie; contagios, molipsitor. – Din fr. épidémique. Trimis de viomih, 10.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  epidémic adj. m., pl. epidémici; f. sg. epidémică …   Dicționar Român

  • epidemic — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. épidémique, from épidemié an epidemic disease, from M.L. epidemia, from Gk. epidemia prevalence of an epidemic disease (especially the plague), from epi among, upon (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + demos people, district (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • epidemic — [adj] widespread catching, communicable, contagious, endemic, general, infectious, pandemic, prevailing, prevalent, rampant, rife, sweeping, wide ranging; concepts 314,537 Ant. limited epidemic [n] widespread disease contagion, endemic, growth,… …   New thesaurus

  • epidemic — ► NOUN 1) a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. 2) a sudden, widespread occurrence of something undesirable. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or of the nature of an epidemic. ORIGIN Greek epid mia, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • epidemic — [ep΄ə dem′ik] adj. [Fr épidémique < MFr < ML epidemicus < epidemia < Gr epidēmia < epidēmios, among the people, general < epi , EPI + dēmos, people: see DEMOCRACY] prevalent and spreading rapidly among many individuals in a… …   English World dictionary

  • epidemic — index contagious, disease, far reaching, general, pestilent, predominant, prevailing (current), preva …   Law dictionary

  • Epidemic —    Drame de Lars von Trier, avec Lars von Trier, Niels Vörsel, Udo Kier.   Pays: Danemark   Date de sortie: 1987   Technique: noir et blanc   Durée: 1 h 46    Résumé    En écrivant un scénario relatant les aventures d un médecin lors de la grande …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Epidemic — For other uses, see Epidemic (disambiguation). In epidemiology, an epidemic (επι (epi) meaning upon or above and δεμος (demos) meaning people ), occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period,… …   Wikipedia

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