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epidemic a widespread occurence of a disease, or occasionally of some other undesirable thing eg an epidemic of bad grammar
pandemic The prefix 'pan' refers to 'all' (from Greek). A pandemic is a big epidemic, typically involving the entire world or perhaps a whole country. Unlike 'epidemic', 'pandemic' is only used to refer to diseases.
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'demic'? population? people? or disease? It's from the Greek demos = people. As in democracy, demographic, etc.
Anonymous:In the medical community, yes epidemic indicates a widespread episode of disease, while pandemics are global or spanning several countries.
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Anonymous:Your exampe, Clive, of an epidemic of bad grammer would in all actuality be more of a pandemic.
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