Definition of epizootic in English:

epizootic

Line breaks: epi|zo¦ot¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪzəʊˈɒtɪk
 
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adjective

  • (Of a disease) temporarily prevalent and widespread in an animal population: epizootic, endemic, and contagious diseases Compare with enzootic, epidemic.
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    • Transport to the nearest high-risk material processing plant of animals infected or suspected of being infected with an epizootic disease is rejected because of the danger of propagation of health risks.
    • ‘To date, our country has remained vigilant and successful in keeping out many epizootic diseases that have occurred in some parts of the SADC region,’ said the head of state.
    • If a commercial breed were to be hit by a devastating epizootic disease, the genes of a hardy rare breed could be used to help re-establish the immunity of a commercial one.

Origin

late 18th century (as an adjective): from French épizootique, from épizootie, from Greek epi 'upon' + zōion 'animal'.

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