Epidemic
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British pronunciation/ˌɛpɪdˈɛmɪk/
American pronunciation/ˌɛpəˈdɛmɪk/, /ˌɛpɪˈdɛmɪk/
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an occurrence of a disease that spreads and involves a large number of people at the same time in a particular area

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relating to or affecting a large number of people within a community, population, or region

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Prior to the development of vaccines, diseases like smallpox and diphtheria regularly caused deadly epidemics.
The current influenza epidemic has sickened thousands of people worldwide.
Scientists study the patterns of disease epidemics to better predict and prevent future outbreaks.
The successful containment prevented the epidemic from evolving into a pandemic crisis.
Adults were also at risk from epidemics.
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