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pandemic (adj.)

的疾病, “发生在整个民族或地区”, 1660年代, 来自拉丁文晚期 pandemus, 来自希腊文 pandemos “与所有人有关; 公共的, 共同的”, 来自 pan- “所有” (见 pan-) + dēmos “人民” (见 demotic). 模仿 epidemic; OED报告说, 它“区别于 epidemic, 可能意味着局限于一个较小的区域”. 名词“大流行病”, 到1853年就有记载, 来自形容词. 相关内容: Pandemia.

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Definitions of pandemic from WordNet
1
pandemic (adj.)
epidemic over a wide geographical area;
a pandemic outbreak of malaria
pandemic (adj.)
existing everywhere;
pandemic fear of nuclear war
2
pandemic (n.)
an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world;
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