Definition of epizootic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌepəzōˈädik/


Relating to or denoting a disease that is temporarily prevalent and widespread in an animal population. Compare with enzootic, epidemic.
Example sentences
  • 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.


An outbreak of an epizootic disease.
Example sentences
  • Several epizootics in wildlife have been associated with elevated exposure to contaminants.
  • That is, epizootics, such as outbreaks of cattle plague or foot and mouth disease, repeatedly have wreaked economic havoc without making people sick.
  • Dynamics of periodic disease epizootics, low reproductive rates, and avian dispersal may contribute to rarity in many Hawaiian forest bird species.


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

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Syllabification: ep·i·zo·ot·ic

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