Definition of pandemic in English:

pandemic

Syllabification: pan·dem·ic
Pronunciation: /panˈdemik
 
/

adjective

(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.
Synonyms
widespread, prevalent, pervasive, rife, rampant

noun

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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.

Origin

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

Usage

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

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