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Pandemic, Epidemic, Endemic

I needed to sort these words out in my mind.


(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}.

An epidemic may be restricted to one location; however, if it spreads to other countries or continents and affects a substantial number of people, it may be termed a pandemic. Wikipedia


Belonging or native to a particular people or country; native as distinguished from introduced or naturalized; hence,regularly or ordinarily occurring in a given region; local; as, a plant endemic in Australia; – often distinguished from {exotic}.


Affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic. – n. A pandemic disease. –Harvey.