Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Widespread; general.
  • adj. Medicine Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population: pandemic influenza.
  • n. A pandemic disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Widespread; general.
  • adj. Epidemic over a wide geographical area and affecting a large proportion of the population.
  • n. A pandemic disease; a disease that hits a wide geographical area and affects a large proportion of the population.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incident to a whole people; epidemic: as, a pandemic disease.
  • n. A pandemic disease.
  • In phytogeography, growing throughout the world: cosmopolitan.
  • Pertaining to all; human; hence, sensual; not spiritual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. epidemic over a wide geographical area
  • n. an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world
  • adj. existing everywhere

Etymologies

From Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos, of all the people : pan-, pan- + dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin pandemus, from Ancient Greek πάν ("all") (equivalent to English pan-)+ δῆμος ("the people") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word pandemic comes from the Greek word pandemos, which literally translates to "pertaining to all people."

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  • But, he added, "we want people to understand what the word pandemic really means."

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  • The term pandemic has to do with the geographic spread of a disease and not with the severity.

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  • Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate

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  • The U.N. health agency went ahead anyway, arguing that the term pandemic signifies only that a new strain is circulating worldwide, but says nothing about how dangerous it is.

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  • A group of outside experts will scrutinize the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate for what has turned out to be a relatively mild disease, the World Health Organization said Monday.

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  • But the United Nations health agency went ahead, arguing that the term pandemic signifies only that a new strain is circulating worldwide, but says nothing about how dangerous it is.

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  • However, the United Nations health agency went ahead, arguing that the term pandemic signifies only that a new strain is circulating worldwide, but says nothing about how dangerous it is.

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  • GENEVA - A group of outside experts will scrutinize the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate for what has turned out to be a relatively mild disease, the World Health Organization said Monday.

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  • The World Health Organization uses the term pandemic to refer to geographic spread rather than severity.

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  • is an epidemic that spreads across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide.

    October 25, 2010

  • Blood disease of vegetarian Carnivores.

    May 2, 2008