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epidemic (adj.)

17世纪 ,"常见于或影响整个民族",最初和通常,虽然不是词源,指的是疾病,来自法语 épidémique ,来自 épidemié "流行病",来自中世纪拉丁语 epidemia ,来自希腊语 epidemia "在一个地方停留;流行病的流行"(特别是鼠疫),来自 epi "在,在"(见 epi- )+ dēmos "人,地区"(见 demotic )。另见 -ic

epidemic (n.)

1757年,"一种流行病,一种疾病在整个社区的暂时性流行",来自 epidemic (adj.);更早的 epideme (见 epidemy )。古英语中的一个名词(在中英语中一直存在)是 man-cwealm

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Definitions of epidemic from WordNet
1
epidemic (n.)
a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time;
2
epidemic (adj.)
(especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously;
an epidemic outbreak of influenza
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