epidemic disease

Definitions of epidemic disease
  1. noun
    any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
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    pest, pestilence, plague
    any epidemic disease with a high death rate
    pest, pestilence, pestis, plague
    a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal
    Bornholm disease, diaphragmatic pleurisy, epidemic myalgia, epidemic pleurodynia, myosis
    an acute infectious disease occurring in epidemic form and featuring paroxysms of pain (usually in the chest)
    bubonic plague, glandular plague, pestis bubonica
    the most common form of the plague in humans; characterized by chills, prostration, delirium and the formation of buboes in the armpits and groin; does not spread from person to person
    plague pneumonia, pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague
    a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever
    septicemic plague
    an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person
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    infectious disease
    a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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