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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Parotitis  \Par`o*ti"tis\,  n.  [NL.  See  {Parotid},  and  {-itis}.] 
  (Med.) 
  Inflammation  of  the  parotid  glands. 
 
  {Epidemic},  or  {Infectious},  {parotitis},  mumps. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epidemic  \Ep`i*dem"ic\,  Epidemical  \Ep`i*dem"ic*al\,  a.  [L. 
  epidemus  Gr  ?,  ?,  among  the  people,  epidemic;  ?  in  +  ? 
  people:  cf  F.  ['e]pid['e]mique.  Cf  {Demagogue}.] 
  1.  (Med.)  Common  to  or  affecting  at  the  same  time,  a  large 
  number  in  a  community;  --  applied  to  a  disease  which 
  spreading  widely,  attacks  many  persons  at  the  same  time; 
  as  an  epidemic  disease;  an  epidemic  catarrh,  fever,  etc 
  See  {Endemic}. 
 
  2.  Spreading  widely,  or  generally  prevailing;  affecting  great 
  numbers,  as  an  epidemic  does  as  epidemic  rage;  an 
  epidemic  evil. 
 
  It  was  the  epidemical  sin  of  the  nation.  --Bp. 
  Burnet. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epidemic  \Ep`i*dem"ic\,  n.  [Cf.  {Epidemy}.] 
  1.  (Med.)  An  epidemic  disease. 
 
  2.  Anything  which  takes  possession  of  the  minds  of  people  as 
  an  epidemic  does  of  their  bodies;  as  an  epidemic  of 
  terror. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epidemic 
  adj  :  (especially  of  medicine)  of  disease  or  anything  resembling  a 
  disease;  attacking  or  affecting  many  individuals  in  a 
  community  or  a  population  simultaneously;  "an  epidemic 
  outbreak  of  influenza"  [ant:  {endemic}] 
  n  :  a  widespread  outbreak  of  an  infectious  disease;  many  people 
  are  infected  at  the  same  time 




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