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 +(1) The occurrence of more cases of a [[disease]] than would be expected in a community or region during a given time period. A sudden severe outbreak of a disease such as SARS. From the Greek "​epi-",​ "​upon"​ + "​demos",​ "​people or population"​ = "​epidemos"​ = "upon the population." ​
  
 +(2) Spreading rapidly and extensively by [[infection]] and affecting many individuals in an area or a population at the same time: an epidemic outbreak of influenza.
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