- adj. 流行的；传染性的
- n. 传染病；流行病；风尚等的流行
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epi-, 在上，在中。-demo, 人民，词源同demotic, democracy.
- epidemic:  An epidemic is literally something that has an effect ‘among the people’. The word comes from French épidémique, a derivative of the noun épidémie, which goes back via late Latin epidēmia to Greek epidēmíā ‘disease prevalent among the people’. This was a noun use of epidémios, a compound adjective formed from the prefix epí- ‘among’ and demos ‘people’ (source of English democracy).
- epidemic (adj.)
- c. 1600, "common to or affecting a whole people," originally and usually, though not etymologically, in reference to diseases, from French épidémique, from épidemié "an epidemic disease," from Medieval Latin epidemia, from Greek epidemia "a stay in a place; prevalence of an epidemic disease" (especially the plague), from epi "among, upon" (see epi-) + demos "people, district" (see demotic).
- epidemic (n.)
- 1757, "an epidemic disease, a temporary prevalence of a disease throughout a community," from epidemic (adj.); earlier epideme (see epidemy). An Old English noun for this (persisting in Middle English) was man-cwealm.
- 1. Drug experts say it could spell the end of the crack epidemic.
- 2. Health officials have successfully confined the epidemic to the Tabatinga area.
- 3. The major impact of this epidemic worldwide is yet to come.
- 4. The AIDS epidemic further stigmatised gays.
- 5. Today, doctors are fearing a worldwide epidemic.
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