Definition of zootic in US English:



  • Originally: of or relating to animals; specifically designating a disease occurring in animals. In later use: designating a disease which can be transmitted naturally from animals to humans.


Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From scientific Latin zooticus or its etymon French zootique (in acide zootique: 1786 or earlier) from ancient Greek ζῷον animal + -oticus.