- 1. epidemic, outbreak, eruption, irruption
- usage: a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
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- 1. epidemic (vs. endemic) (vs. ecdemic), epiphytotic, epizootic, pandemic, pestilent, pestilential, pestiferous, plaguey
- usage: (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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