One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a disease that regularly affects animals in a particular district or at a particular season.
- ‘It occurs most frequently as an epizootic or enzootic disease of herbivores that acquire spores from direct contact with contaminated soil.’
- ‘For the U.S. population as a whole, no such immunization is recommended, but it may be considered in animal workers and travelers to enzootic areas who anticipate animal exposure.’
- ‘State and local agencies should identify vector species and breeding sites, and implement aggressive surveillance and targeted control early in the transmission season to restrict enzootic viral amplification.’
- ‘During 2000 and 2001, West Nile virus spread rapidly through the South and Midwest, establishing enzootic activity in 28 states.’
- ‘Although we can do little to limit the spread of enzootic flaviviruses, we can minimise the number of human cases.’
Late 19th century: from en- ‘within’ + Greek zōion ‘animal’ + -ic.
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