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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: pandemos, from pan- ( PAN-) + demos 'people'

pandemic

noun
     
pan‧dem‧ic [countable]
technicalMI a disease that affects people over a very large area or the whole world [↪ endemic, epidemic]:
the AIDS pandemic
pandemic adjective
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