Pandemic
An epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world. By contrast: {{}}An epidemic affects more than the expected number of cases of disease occurring in a community or region during a given period of time. A sudden severe outbreak within a region or a group as, for example, AIDS in Africa or AIDS in intravenous drug users. An endemic is present in a community at all times but in low frequency. An endemic is continuous as in the case of malaria in some areas of the world or as with illicit drugs in some neighborhoods. The word "pandemic" comes from the Greek "pan-", "all" + "demos", "people or population" = "pandemos" = "all the people." A pandemic affects all (nearly all) of the people. By contrast, "epi-" means "upon." An epidemic is visited upon the people. And "en-" means "in." An endemic is in the people.
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Denoting a disease affecting or attacking the population of an extensive region, country, continent, global; extensively epidemic. [pan- + G. demos, the people]

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pan·dem·ic pan-'dem-ik adj occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population <\pandemic malaria> <\pandemic influenza>
pandemic n a pandemic outbreak of a disease

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n.
an epidemic so widely spread that vast numbers of people in different countries are affected. The Black Death, the epidemic plague that ravaged Europe in the fourteenth century and killed over one third of the population, was a classical pandemic. AIDS is currently considered to be pandemic.
pandemic adj.

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pan·dem·ic (pan-demґik) [pan- + Gr. dēmos people] 1. a widespread epidemic of a disease. 2. widely epidemic; distributed or occurring widely throughout a region, country, or continent or globally.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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