Meaning of “pandemic” in the English Dictionary

"pandemic" in British English

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uk /pænˈdem.ɪk/ us /pænˈdem.ɪk/ specialized

(of a disease) existing in almost all of an area or in almost all of a group of people, animals, or plants:

In some parts of the world malaria is still pandemic.

pandemicnoun [ C ]

uk /pænˈdem.ɪk/ us /pænˈdem.ɪk/ specialized

a pandemic disease:

a pandemic of influenza
an influenza pandemic

(Definition of “pandemic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pandemic" in American English

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pandemicnoun [ C ]

us /pænˈdem·ɪk/

a dangerous disease that infects many people at one time:

What can be done to prevent a bird flu pandemic?
adjective [ not gradable ] us /pænˈdem·ɪk/

Scientists who study viruses say they don't know what a pandemic strain would look like.

(Definition of “pandemic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)