Definition of pandemic in English:


Syllabification: pan·dem·ic
Pronunciation: /panˈdemik


  • (Of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
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    • Most topical is the risk of pandemic influenza, which seems to be the highest in three decades.
    • Mr Abbott today announced that the government would speed up funding for research into pandemic influenza.
    • It is a remarkable achievement which increases Britain's ability to cope with pandemic flu, should it happen.
    widespread, prevalent, pervasive, rife, rampant


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  • An outbreak of a pandemic disease.
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    • Two highly contagious enteroviruses are known to cause epidemics and pandemics of acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis.
    • Women also face severe constraints because of outbreak of pandemics like HIV / AIDS and other diseases.
    • Influenza pandemics are global outbreaks that emerge infrequently and unpredictably and involve strains of virus to which humans have little or no immunity.


mid 17th century: from Greek pandēmos (from pan 'all' + dēmos 'people') + -ic.


On the difference between pandemic, endemic, and epidemic, see epidemic (usage).

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