an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world
epidemic over a wide geographical area
"a pandemic outbreak of malaria"
"pandemic fear of nuclear war"
A pandemic disease; a disease that hits a wide geographical area and affects a large proportion of the population.
Epidemic over a wide geographical area and affecting a large proportion of the population.
World War I might have continued indefinitely if not for a pandemic outbreak of influenza.
Origin: pandemus, from πάν (equivalent to English pan-)Category:English words prefixed with pan-+ δῆμος
affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic
a pandemic disease
Origin: [L. pandemus, Gr. , ; pa^s, pa^n, all + the people: cf. F. pandmique.]
A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide. A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. More recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pan-dem′ik, adj. incident to a whole people, epidemic.—n. a pandemic disease.—n. Pandem′ia, a widespread disease. [Gr. pandēmios—pas, pan, all, dēmos, the people.]
The numerical value of pandemic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of pandemic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- pandemický, pandemieCzech
- πανδημικός, πανδημίαGreek
- pandemia, pandemicoItalian
- pandemija, pandeminisLithuanian
- pandemi, pandemiskNorwegian
- pandemisk, pandemiNorwegian Nynorsk
- pandémico, pandemiaPortuguese
- пандемический, пандемияRussian
- pandemi, pandemiskSwedish
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