American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Affecting a large number of animals at the same time within a particular region or geographic area. Used of a disease.
- n. An epizootic disease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In natural history, same as epizoic, 1.
- In geology, containing fossil remains: said of mountains, rocks, formations, and the like.
- Prevailing among the lower animals: applied to diseases, and corresponding to epidemic as applied to diseases prevalent among men.
- n. The temporary prevalence of a disease among brutes at a certain place: used in exactly the same way as epidemic in reference to human beings.
- n. A disease thus prevalent.
- n. epidemiology An occurrence of a disease or disorder in a population of non-human animals at a frequency higher than that expected in a given time period. Compare epidemic.
- n. A particular epizootic (epizootically-occurring) disease.
- n. dialectal, humorous, often plural A disease or ailment.
- adj. epidemiology Like or having to do with an epizootic: epidemic among animals.
- adj. geology, rare Containing fossils.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to an epizoön.
- adj. (Geol.), obsolete Containing fossil remains; -- said of rocks, formations, mountains, and the like.
- adj. Of the nature of a disease which attacks many animals at the same time; -- corresponding to epidemic diseases among men.
- n. A disease attacking many animals at the same time; an epizootic disease.
- n. A murrain; an epidemic influenza among horses.
- adj. (of animals) epidemic among animals of a single kind within a particular region
- epi- + zo- + -otic. Use of the word in the second sense, "an ailment", was likely originally a reference to a particular epizootic ailment. Both senses are attested since at least the 1800s, and the pronunciation with five syllables is explicitly attested since then as well. Dialectal pronunciation of the second sense with four syllables is attested since at least the 1910s in spellings like "epizudic" and is suggested by 1870s references to a shortened form of the word, "zooty". (Wiktionary)
- epi- + zo(o)- + -otic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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