outbreak
noun Date: 1602 1. a. a sudden or violent increase in activity or currency <
the outbreak of war
>
b. a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease <
an outbreak of measles
>
c. a sudden increase in numbers of a harmful organism and especially an insect within a particular area <
an outbreak of locusts
>
2. insurrection, revolt

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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