endemism (s) (noun)
, endemisms (pl)
1. The occurrence of highly adapted plants or animals in a particular geographic area.
2. The ecological state of being unique to a particular geographic location; such as, a specific island, habitat type, nation, or other defined zone.
To be endemic to a place or geographic area means that it is found only in that part of the world and nowhere else.
, more endemoepidemic, most endemoepidemic
A reference to a disease that is endemic but capable of becoming epidemic from time to time.
epidemic (ep" i DEM ik) (adjective)
, more epidemic, most epidemic
1. Widespread, over or among many people at the same time; such as, a disease.
2. A special reference to a human contagious disease.
3. The rapid widespread occurrence of a fad, fashion, etc.
4. Etymology: from Greek epidemia, "disease prevalent among the people"; formed from the prefix epi-, "among" + demos, "people".
epidemic hysteria, mass hysteria
Hysteria in a group of people, usually closely associated in a school or workplace.
The inciting incident might be a rumor or an unaccustomed odor; such as, paint fumes in a workplace.
An acute infectious disease usually occurring in epidemic form, characterized by paroxysms (fit or violent attack) of pain, usually in the chest.
, more epidemical, most epidemical
1. Descriptive of an outbreak of a disease that spreads more quickly and more extensively among a group of people than would normally be expected.
2. A reference to the spreading of a disease that attacks many people at about the same time and may spread through one or several communities.
epidemicity (s) (noun)
, epidemicities (pl)
The quality of being epidemic.
epidemiography (s) (noun)
, epidemiographies (pl)
1. A descriptive treatise of epidemic diseases or of any particular epidemic.
2. A treatise upon, or history of, epidemic diseases.
epidemiologist (s) (noun)
, epidemiologiss (pl)
A specialist in the medical study of causes and transmissions of diseases among people.
epidemiology (s) (noun)
, epidemiologies (pl)
1. The scientific and medical study of the causes and transmission of disease within a population: Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in certain populations.
2. The origin and development characteristics of a particular disease.
pandemia (s) (noun)
, pandemias (pl)
Of or belonging to all of the people, public, general: A pandemia results in a global epidemic because of modern transportation methods which can eventually cause a universal state of emergency.
, more pandemic, most pandemic
1. Pertaining to something that is prevalent over the whole of a country or continent, or over the whole world; distinguished from epidemic, which may imply or indicate limitations to a smaller area: Most people on earth have a pandemic
horror of a war breaking out and destroying their lives.
2. Relating to illnesses that affect the majority of a population in a large region; such as, a disease that is widespread at the same time in many parts of the world: AIDS is currently considered to be a pandemic
problem, but this term has also traditionally included such disorders as cholera, plague, and influenza.
3. Etymology: from 1666 which came from Greek pandemos
, "pertaining to all people"; from pan-
, "all" + demos
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plutodemocracy (s) (noun)
, plutodemocracies (pl)
A country or a government that masquerades or claims, or has claimed, to be a democracy but where power actually is controlled by those who are rich: "Many of the governments that have emerged from former colonial states claimed to be democracies but they were really plutodemocracies."
A term that describes a country or state which claims to be a democracy but where the real power lies with those who are wealthy: "The plutodemocratic government was nervous because it was facing open elections, allowing not only the affluent to vote or to be elected; but also, those who were from the average economic status."
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