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epidemic

noun uk   us   /ˌep.ɪˈdem.ɪk/

epidemic noun (DISEASE)

[C] the appearance of a particular disease in a large number of people at the same time: a flu epidemic

epidemic noun (PROBLEM)

epidemic

adjective uk   us   /ˌep.ɪˈdem.ɪk/
happening a lot and affecting many people: Poverty in this country has reached epidemic proportions . Crime and poverty are epidemic in the city.
Translations of “epidemic”
in Arabic وَباء…
in Korean 유행병…
in Malaysian wabak…
in French épidémie…
in Turkish salgın, hastalık salgını…
in Italian epidemia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 疾病, (疾病的)流行,傳染…
in Russian эпидемия…
in Polish epidemia…
in Vietnamese bệnh dịch…
in Spanish epidemia…
in Portuguese epidemia…
in Thai โรคระบาด…
in German die Epidemie…
in Catalan epidèmia…
in Japanese (病気の)流行…
in Indonesian wabah, epidemi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 疾病, (疾病的)流行,传染…
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