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epidemic

ep·i·dem·ic

epidemic

 
pronunciation:
e p de mihk
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part of speech: noun
definition: an outbreak of disease that spreads rapidly to many people.
The school had an epidemic of measles.
 
similar words:
outbreak, plague
derivation: epidemically (adv.)
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The word epidemic contains the following parts:
dem, demo Greek root that means people, populace