epi-, ep-

(Greek: above, over, on, upon; besides; in addition to; toward; among)

1. The upper and superficial part of the head, including the scalp, muscles, etc.
2. The muscle and aponeurosis and skin covering the cranium.
3. The layer of scalp formed by muscle and flattened tendon.
4. The structures collectively that cover the skull.
epicure (s) (noun), epicures (pl)
Someone who takes great pleasure in eating high quality foods and drinks: Being an epicure is not only being a connoisseur of good edible products, but also a person who has the money to pay for such exquisite meals!
Someone who enjoys fine food and drinks.
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A person who has discriminating tastes in food, wine, and music.
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On the surface of the skin.
The waxy outer layer of the protective body covering cuticle for the exoskeleton of an insect.
epicycle (s) (noun), epicycles (pl)
Clearly seen.
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".
epidemical (adjective), 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.
Growing on trees or existing on trees.

Related "above, over, beyond the normal, excessive" word units: hyper-; super-, supra-, sur; ultra-, ult-.