(noun, adjective)


1. (of animals) epidemic among animals of a single kind within a particular region

- an epizootic disease

Similar word(s): epidemic

Sentences with epizootic as an adjective:

- Epizootic plague occurred in the mice following introduction of rats from Europe.


1. (epidemiology) An occurrence of a disease or disorder in a population of non-human animals at a frequency higher than that expected in a given time period. Compare epidemic.

- At the same time as an epidemic of the flu broke out among the people, an epizootic of the swine flu broke out among their pigs.

2. A particular epizootic (epizootically-occurring) disease.

3. (dialectal, humorous, often in the plural) A disease or ailment.

- Johnny's not doing so well today, I think he caught the epizootic.