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a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another

or more rarely:  anything that spreads quickly — especially something bad
  • When an epidemic of mumps broke out in the school, Katie went into action against communicable diseases.
    Chapter 20 (69% in)
  • Friday, she had to work straight through—a sixteen-hour shift—because the company was short-handed on account of an influenza epidemic.
    Chapter 53 (9% in)

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