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Relating to or denoting a disease that is temporarily prevalent and widespread in an animal population.
- ‘If a commercial breed were to be hit by a devastating epizootic disease, the genes of a hardy rare breed could be used to help re-establish the immunity of a commercial one.’
- ‘It occurs most frequently as an epizootic or enzootic disease of herbivores that acquire spores from direct contact with contaminated soil.’
- ‘Our results show distinctive and predictable temporal patterning to epizootic rabies occurring among raccoons at the level of counties.’
- ‘Transport to the nearest high-risk material processing plant of animals infected or suspected of being infected with an epizootic disease is rejected because of the danger of propagation of health risks.’
- ‘‘To date, our country has remained vigilant and successful in keeping out many epizootic diseases that have occurred in some parts of the SADC region,’ said the head of state.’
An outbreak of an epizootic disease.
- ‘Dynamics of periodic disease epizootics, low reproductive rates, and avian dispersal may contribute to rarity in many Hawaiian forest bird species.’
- ‘Several epizootics have been associated with elevated contaminant exposure.’
- ‘That is, epizootics, such as outbreaks of cattle plague or foot and mouth disease, repeatedly have wreaked economic havoc without making people sick.’
- ‘In 1985 the last wild population experienced simultaneous epizootics of canine distemper and sylvatic plague.’
- ‘Several epizootics in wildlife have been associated with elevated exposure to contaminants.’
Late 18th century (as an adjective): from French épizootique, from épizootie, from Greek epi upon + zōion animal.
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