Definition of pandemic | Dictionary.com

[ pan-dem-ik ]

/ pænˈdɛm ɪk /

SEE SYNONYMS FOR pandemic ON THESAURUS.COM

adjective

(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.Compare epidemic (def. 1).

general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.

noun

a pandemic disease.

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Origin of pandemic

First recorded in 1660–70; from Late Latin pandēm(us), from Greek pándēmos “common, public” (pan- pan- + dêm(os) “the people” + -os adjective suffix) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM pandemic

pan·de·mi·a [pan-dee-mee-uh], /pænˈdi mi ə/, nounpan·de·mic·i·ty [pan-duh-mis-i-tee], /ˌpæn dəˈmɪs ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·pan·dem·ic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pandemic

endemic, epidemic, pandemic

Words nearby pandemic

P&E, Pandean, Pandean pipes, pandect, Pandects of Justinian, pandemic, pandemonium, pander, P and H, pandiculation, pandit

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Content related to pandemic

Words related to pandemic

catholic, cosmopolitan, empyrean, generic, comprehensive, general, regular, common, broad, sweeping, total, whole, accepted, all, all-inclusive, astronomical, celestial, cosmic, customary, diffuse

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  • Pandemic, pan-dem′ik, adj. incident to a whole people, epidemic.

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  • The disease is nearly always epidemic, though at intervals it appears to be pandemic and in certain districts almost endemic.

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  • The evidence that the great epidemics of influenza are due to some general and pandemic influence is conclusive.

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British Dictionary definitions for pandemic

pandemic

/ (pænˈdɛmɪk) /

adjective

(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic

noun

a pandemic disease

Word Origin for pandemic

C17: from Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos general, from pan- + demos the people

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for pandemic

pandemic

[ păn-dĕm′ĭk ]

adj.

Epidemic over a wide geographic area.

n.

A pandemic disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for pandemic

pandemic

[ păn-dĕm′ĭk ]

An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for pandemic

pandemic

A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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