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Of, relating to, or characterized by a sudden or abnormally destructive outbreak of a plant disease, usually over an extended geographic area.
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(Plant Pathology) (of plant diseases and parasites) affecting plants over a wide geographical region
[from epi- + -phyte + -otic]
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ep•i•phy•tot•ic(ˌɛp ə faɪˈtɒt ɪk)
1. (of a disease) destroying a large number of plants in an area at the same time.n.
2. an epiphytotic disease.
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|Adj.||1.||epiphytotic - (of plants) epidemic among plants of a single kind especially over a wide area; "an epiphytotic blight of potatoes"; "epiphytotic conditions associated with a single-plant agriculture"|
epidemic - (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously; "an epidemic outbreak of influenza"
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